Women's Rights News

MENA Women News Brief

Feb 04, 2016
The Middle East Program will send out the latest developments on women’s issues in the Middle East and North Africa region on a bi-weekly basis.

How Many Women Will Iran Allow to Run for Office?

Dec 29, 2015
An unusually large number of women have organized and registered to run in Iran’s February elections. The record turnout among would-be candidates for parliament and the Assembly of Experts, a body that selects the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, is causing unease among the conservative clerical hierarchy. The question for now is whether a significant number of women will be allowed to compete.

Saudi Women Made History–But Still Have a Long Way to Go

Dec 13, 2015
"Women’s participation in this weekend’s elections is an important step in the struggle for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia, but formidable obstacles remain," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

Women on the Run: The Looming Refugee Crisis

Nov 13, 2015
A new UNHCR report, “Women on the Run,” provides first-hand accounts of women from the Northern Triangle region (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) who are seeking asylum in the US as part of a looming refugee crisis. Their struggles are part of a larger story effecting hundreds of thousands more.

Gyrating Women’s Rights

Sep 03, 2015
Since the Arab uprising in 2011, female activists in the Middle East have launched campaigns for legal changes to formally enshrine their rights—but with limited impact.

ISIS’s Brutality Toward Women and Girls–and How to Help the Victims

Aug 27, 2015
"While many countries have denounced ISIS and its beheadings, mass executions, and other horrific acts, little effort has been devoted to rescuing women taken as its sexual slaves," writes Haleh Esfandiari and Kendra Heideman.

Roger-Mark De Souza Discusses Family Planning, Empowerment, and the Environment

Jul 14, 2015
Colorado has seen a historic drop in the pregnancy rate among teens and poor women, thanks to a pioneering family planning program providing long-acting birth control for free. In a new video from Women at the Center, Roger-Mark De Souza explains why groundbreaking programs like the Colorado Family Planning Initiative matter to the global push for women's empowerment and environmental conservation efforts.

Political Representation of Women in Mexico

Apr 10, 2015
This infographic illustrates female representation in Mexican politics.

In Muslim Men’s Protests, Support for Women’s Choice About Veiling

Mar 08, 2015
"To veil or not to veil should be a matter of personal choice, a right that all women should be able freely to exercise," writes Haleh Esfandiari.

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