Democracy, Like Revolution, is Unattainable Without Women

Authored by: Sahar F. Aziz

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Year: 2013
Citation: Aziz, Sahar F. Democracy, Like Revolution, Is Unattainable Without Women. United States Institute of Peace, 2013.

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Executive Summary

The biggest challenge facing women in Arab Spring countries is transforming their leadership and attendant influence during the revolutions into high-level governance positions, both elected and appointed, after the revolutions. To achieve this goal, reform efforts should include: 1) amending election laws to increase the proportion of women represented at the local, state, and national levels; 2) increasing high-level employment opportunities; and 3) using public education to highlight the role of women and counter perceptions of traditional gender roles.