Arab Spring nations backtrack on women's rights

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Arab Spring nations backtrack on women's rights

Arab women played a central role in the Arab Spring, but their hopes the revolts would bring greater freedom and expanded rights for women have been thwarted by entrenched patriarchal structures and the rise of Islamists, gender experts in the countries say.

Almost three years after popular uprisings toppled autocratic leaders in one of the most conservative corners of the world, a Thomson Reuters Foundation poll on 22 Arab states showed three out of five Arab Spring countries in the bottom five states for women's rights (for the methodology behind the poll, please see http://news.trust.org//spotlight/poll-womens-rights-in-the-arab-world/).

We invite you to read the full article published November 12, 2013

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