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Women's Rights after the Arab Spring
Have women in Arab countries achieved greater equality since the revolutions swept the region, and which rights are yet to be won?
The revolutions that swept across the Middle East in 2011, known as "The Arab Spring," promised greater freedoms for many in the region, including women. While there have been some advances in women's rights, the promise in many cases has not been realized.

In this month's show, Women's Rights after the Arab Spring, we travel to Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey and the Gulf States to assess how and where women's rights have progressed.

While the new consitutions in Egypt and Tunisia guarantee greater rights for women, the laws that keep women safe are often not enforced. Kimberly Adams reports from Cairo and Safouène Grira talks to women in Tunisia, who say violence against women and rape have become a daily concern.
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Turkey has often been at the forefront of women's rights in the Middle East. But the recent rhetoric of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and more conservative social norms encouraged by the Justice and Development Party (or AKP), have raised increasing concerns about equality for women. Dalia Mortada reports from Istanbul.
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While the Gulf is often considered more conservative when it comes to women's rights, attitudes may be shifting. We hear from Saudi media personality Turki al-Dakhil about which rights have been won for women in Saudi Arabia. And reporter Joseph Braude explores some gains made for women in another Gulf state, Kuwait.
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Mahnaz Afkhami
Mahnaz Afkhami is the Founder and President of the Women's Learning Partnership and former Minister of Women's Affairs in Iran from 1976 to 78. She’s lived in exile in the U.S. since 1979 and been a leading advocate of women's rights for more than three decades.
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Isobel Coleman
Isobel Coleman is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council of Foreign Relations. She is the author of the book Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East.
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Turki al-Dakhil
Turki al-Dakhil is a prominent Saudi media personality and champion of women’s causes. He is the host of Eda'at (Spotlight), a show covering political, cultural and human-interest stories on the regional TV network Al-Arabiya.
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Melanne Verveer
Melanne Verveer is the Executive Director of the Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University. She served as the former U.S. Ambassador at-Large for Global Women’s Issues from 2009 to 2013. She worked closely with Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to advance the political, social and economic status of women and girls around the world.
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Women’s Rights after the Arab Spring / Written and Edited by Martha Little / Produced by Jacob Conrad, Rob Sachs and Flawn Williams / Reporting by Kimberly Adams, Joseph Braude, Safouène Grira and Dalia Mortada/ Photos by Kimberly Adams, Amr Nabil/AP, and Gigi Ibrahim, Arrasio, and Wassim Ben Rhouma via Flickr Creative Commons

Host: Barbara Bogaev for Madeleine Brand/ Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: February, 2014

Support was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and the Henry Luce Foundation

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