Women and Gender

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Saudi Arabia Amends Its Citizenship Law

Article 8 of Saudi Arabia’s citizenship law, in theory, makes it easier for Saudi women married to foreigners to transmit citizenship to their children, but implementation will be key in assessing impact of the measure on broader gender reform efforts.

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Women in Afghanistan are Inspired, Emboldened by Protests in Iran

The women-led uprising in Iran unified diverse groups of Iranians and drew support from across the world. It is now motivating Afghan women to pluck up the courage and push back against the Taliban.

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What It Means to be a Woman Crime Fiction Novelist

Best-selling Kuwaiti author Fadwa Al Taweel shares her experiences as a woman crime fiction novelist and offers insight into the state of crime fiction novels in the Arab world.

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Saudi Women in the Workforce

Saudi Arabia has made significant progress on women’s rights and labor force participation, but there is still a lot of work to do.

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Probing Social Pressures With Textiles and Ice Cream

Emirati artist Maitha Hamdan, featured in a UAE Embassy exhibition in DC situating women in the intimate space of the majlis, uses video performance to explore the more public social restrictions imposed on women.

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Ramadan Series Tackle Women’s Issues and Religion

Ramadan has always been an opportunity to introduce new ideas to nudge viewers’ reactions; this year’s series are generating much-needed discussion on women’s issues.

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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.

The Challenge With the Deter and Degrade Approach in Yemen

The Houthis see the attacks in the Red Sea as part of a broader political project that goes back decades.

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