What the Women Say: The Arab Spring & Implications for Women

Authored by: International Civil Society Action Network

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Nonviolent Resistance, Political Transitions
Country: Egypt, Libya, Tunisia
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Year: 2011
Citation: What the Women Say: The Arab Spring & Implications for Women. Washington, DC: International Civil Society Action Network, 2011.

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As the Arab world rumbles and shakes, women in the region are experiencing the good, the bad and the ugly that comes with instability, transition and crisis. From Tunisia and Egypt to Syria, Libya and Bahrain, women have been present and vocal in the street protest movements, standing shoulder to shoulder with the men, resisting the batons and tear gas, and being killed. Many have been key organizers and leaders in social networking, helping to articulate a common message and vision of freedom, democracy and equality, and providing logistical support to men at the frontlines of violence. They have also faced many of the same physical and sexual threats and risks that women elsewhere have encountered during crises and transitions, including harassment, assault and death. Despite their contribution, they are again facing exclusion from the political processes under way.