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Graduation ceremony of Zayed University, Qatar, May 27, 2015 (Zayed University photo).

Degrees of Difficulty: Women and Higher Education in the Persian Gulf

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Globally, the legal, political and social progress achieved by women over the past half-century has been attributed to the democratization of societies and the emergence of more widely accepted human rights norms. This is not the case with respect to the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf: Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

These countries have confronted rapid internal and external changes in recent years, and they have strived to reform themselves on a variety of fronts, including the economy, labor and some areas of politics. Yet despite some progress in these other domains, Gulf women do not have the same rights as their Western counterparts. ...

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