Women and Gender

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Saudi Arabia Walks the Line With Social Opening and Curbing Harassment

The public decency law aims to regulate social behavior in a way that reflects positively on Saudi Arabia’s image, the anti-harassment law is meant to regulate public behavior among individuals in society.

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The Optics of Women in the Workforce

There is a recent culture of promoting women’s workforce participation in the Middle East and North Africa, but looking solely at the data misses some of the broader discussion on women’s empowerment.

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Kuwait’s Ongoing Struggle Against Gender Violence

Grassroots activism demanding an end to gender-based violence in Kuwait has gained national traction and is encouraging more legislative action.

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Mudhawi’s List: Advocating for Kuwaiti Women in Politics

Kuwaiti women have played a significant role on the political stage in recent years, but they have yet to reach equal representation in the National Assembly. Mudhawi’s List aims to support women to achieve a more promising future in politics.

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One Year On, Saudi Public Decency Law Still Meeting Resistance

The social dimension of change in the kingdom will continue to navigate a bumpy road, especially as it generates tensions and debate over the issue of decency.

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Kuwait Appoints Female Judges, Triggering Parliamentary Debate Over Women’s Role in Society

The path to put women on the bench in Kuwait has been long and controversial. Without real political will to increase opportunities for women, the wheels of change will continue to turn slowly.

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Mark C. Thompson on the Identity of Saudi Male Youth

Kristin Smith Diwan sat down with Mark C. Thompson to discuss his research on the generational shift in attitudes of Saudi men.

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The Restructuring of Saudi Arts and Entertainment

As part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s economic and social reform plan, Vision 2030, the kingdom has taken a top-down approach to developing the country’s arts and culture sector.

Saudi Changes to Guardianship System Ease Restrictions on Women

The regulations introduced to travel and civil status laws will limit the state’s ability to intervene in the private sphere.

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