Women and gender in Middle East politics

Women march to Tahrir

On March 10-11, POMEPS hosted a workshop at George Washington University focused on women and gender in Middle East political science research (watch a public panel discussion with four participants here). The workshop brought together more than a dozen diverse scholars working on issues related to women and gender in the region. Drawing from a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives, participants contributed short memos that examined how changing formal institutions impact women’s political participation, how the uprisings and post-uprisings context have expanded (and shrunk) space for women, and how activism and gender continue to interact. Stay tuned for concise and thoughtful analysis.

Workshop papers will be published here once a day over the next few weeks and then released collectively as volume 19 in our POMEPS Studies series.

Conceptualizing and Measuring Patriarchy: The Importance of Feminist Theory,” By Lindsay J. Benstead, Portland State University

“Rethinking Patriarchy and Kinship in the Arab Gulf States,” By Scott Weiner, George Washington University

Why Egyptians have mobilized against public sexual violence,” By Vickie Langohr, College of the Holy Cross

“First Ladies and the (Re) Definition of the Authoritarian State in Egypt,” By Mervat F. Hatem, Howard University

Egypt, Uprising and Gender Politics: Gendering Bodies/Gendering Space,” By Sherine Hafez, University of California, Riverside

Tunisia uncovered a history of state sexual violence. Can it do anything?” By Hind Ahmed Zaki, University of Washington

“Women’s Rise to Political Office on Behalf of Religious Political Movements,” By Mona Tajali, Agnes Scott College

The Future of Female Mobilization in Lebanon, Morocco, and Yemen after the Arab Spring,” Carla Beth Abdo, University of Maryland

“Women’s Political Representation and Authoritarianism in the Arab World,” Marwa Shalaby, Rice University

Women and the Right to Land in Morocco: The Sulaliyyates Movement,” By Zakia Selime, Rutgers University

Women’s Equality: Constitutions and Revolutions in Egypt,” By Ellen McLarney, Duke University


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