Women across the Middle East participated actively in what came to be called the Arab Spring that began in late 2010. Often seen as second-class and voiceless citizens in these male-dominant societies, they were a key force in the popular protests, which managed to topple autocratic regimes. They fought for their countries, their rights and their children’s rights. However, the Islamist forces now in power in several countries want to turn back the clock and restrict women’s rights to keep them out of politics.
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