The Future of Female Mobilization in Lebanon, Morocco, and Yemen after the Arab Spring

Authored by: Carla Beth Abdo

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Political Transitions, Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Country: Lebanon, Morocco, and Yemen
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Year: 2016
Citation: Abdo, Carla Beth, “The Future of Female Mobilization in Lebanon, Morocco, and Yemen after the Arab Spring,” in Women and Gender in Middle East Politics, POMEPS Studies no. 19. Washington, DC: Project on Middle East Political Science [POMEPS], May 2016.

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Executive Summary

On December 17, 2010, a fruit vendor by the name of Mohammad Bouazizi doused himself in paint-thinner and lit himself on fire as an act of political protest in Sidi Bou Zid, Tunisia. Bouazizi could not have known that his actions would reverberate across the region, leading to calls for democratic change and reform through the Arab world. Using the Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa study conducted in 2010 by the International Foundation for Electoral Studies, examining the electoral behavior of women in the transitioning Arab world merits further discussion. Using Lebanon, Morocco, and Yemen as cases representing the Levant, North Africa, and the Arabian peninsula respectively, this study examines the propensity to vote among women, and examines the question as to whether or not impositions on women’s personal space reduces political participation.