Incorporates important recent changes in women's political participation and representation, such as the election of new women presidents and prime ministers and the continued spread of gender quotas Expanded coverage of women's political participation now includes women judges and women in local levels of governance Updated coverage of women's political representation in the Middle East and North Africa highlights events and issues since the Arab Spring Incorporates more than 100 new studies from the rapidly expanding field of gender and politics Includes an up-to-date discussion on gender quotas and their effects, including coverage of the trend towards “parity” quotas KEY FEATURES: Six chapters cover women's political power in specific geographic regions with case studies from all over the world Includes the latest information available on women in politics worldwide Charts, maps, and tables give visual overviews of the substantial variation in women's access to political power around the world, the growth in women's political power over time, and persistent obstacles to gender equality in politics

Middle East and North Africa

Middle east and north africa

The Arab Spring gave women a golden opportunity, but time is limited and if they don’t benefit from it, it will become an Arab Winter for them.

—Sultana Al-Jeham, Executive Director and Chairwoman of Woman’s Affairs, Civic Democratic Initiatives Support Foundation, Yemen (2012)

In some parts of the Middle East and North Africa, women are still struggling for the most basic of rights. In Saudi Arabia, women cannot open bank accounts, drive, or travel without permission from a man, and in Lebanon, proof of elementary education is required for a woman—but not a man—to vote. Compared to the regions we have profiled so far, women’s political situation in the region may look somewhat grim. As of 2015, ...

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