Around the world, a woman’s economic well-being is tied to her marital status--whether she is single, divorced or widowed. The fate of her marriage or of her partner can propel a woman into personal economic crisis.
This report documents discrimination by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Education in denying girls physical education in state schools, as well as discriminatory practices by the General Presidency for Youth Welfare, a youth and sports ministry, in licensing women’s gyms and supporting only all-male sports clubs.
The health of millions of indigenous people across Asia is at risk, experts say, as lack of recognition of their legal status hinders data collection, making their medical problems invisible in most national health surveys.
Despite decades of autocratic rule in the MENA region, many of us were amazed to find out through the media that Bouazzizi, the young street peddler who immolated himself in Tunisia in December 2010 and caused, as a result, the snowballing of revolts throughout the Arab region, was actually rebelling against a policewoman who humiliated him in public. Juicy details of the “evil” policewoman were soon to follow and were published not only in tabloids but also in many respectable mainstream newspapers.
Despite great strides in education and employment, a large gender gap remains in positions of status.
The young Afghan woman gave birth to a third girl three months ago — to a husband, the authorities say, who had been demanding a boy.
The political uprisings that swept across the Arab world over the past year represent the most significant challenge to authoritarian rule since the collapse of Soviet communism. In a region that had seemed immune to democratic change, coalitions of activist reformers and ordinary citizens succeeded in removing dictators who had spent decades entrenching themselves in power.