ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/SDD/2013/Technical Paper.13
Publication Type: Reports & studies
Cluster: 2030 Agenda and SDG Coordination
Initiatives: Gender Justice and the Law
Keywords: Arab countries, Protest movements, Social justice, Women in politics
Women and Participation in the Arab Uprisings: A struggle for Justice
This paper explores the gender dimension of the popular movements that have swept Arab countries since the end of 2010. It analyses the different facets of women’s participation before and during the protests; it also details the mechanisms used by women to mobilize in different countries and the challenges they faced during that process. Using specific examples, the paper explores the different means utilized by previous and emergent regimes to contain the presence of women in public spaces and to focus discourses around morality. The paper also discusses the different approaches used by women to fight against the injustices that they suffered during and after the Arab uprisings.