BRIEF: Democracy, Like Revolution, is Unattainable Without Women

Friday, June 28, 2013
Sahar F. Aziz
Northern Africa
Western Asia


  • The biggest challenge facing women in Arab Spring countries is transforming their leadership and attendant influence during the revolutions into high-level governance positions, both elected and appointed, after the revolutions.
  • To achieve this goal, reform efforts should include: 1) amending election laws to increase the proportion of women represented at the local, state, and national levels; 2) increasing high-level employment opportunities; and 3) using public education to highlight the role of women and counter perceptions of traditional gender roles.

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