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Women in the Arab world

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Friday, 14 February 2020

 

Editor's note

Arab women, long relegated to the private sphere by law and social custom, are stepping out. From Saudi Arabia to Qatar, women are joining the workforce and politics in record numbers, giving them greater economic independence and a voice in domestic and global affairs. Advancing women is actually official policy across the Gulf, part of a 'modernisation' effort by these conservative Islamic kingdoms to improve their image abroad. At home, though, traditional gender roles are still very much in place. Alainna Liloia explains why Arab women still can't have it all.

Catesby Holmes

Religion Editor | International Editor

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In an effort to increase tourism, Saudi Arabia recently eased its strict dress code for foreign women, allowing them to go without the body-shrouding abaya robe still mandatory for Saudi women. FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP via Getty Images

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