The Human Rights of Middle Eastern & Muslim Women: A Project for the 21st Century


Afary, Janet. 2004. “The Human Rights of Middle Eastern & Muslim Women: A Project for the 21st Century.” Human Rights Quarterly 26: 106–25.

Author: Janet Afary


This article first explores the state of human rights of Middle Eastern/Muslim Women in a selection of North African, Central Asian, and Middle Eastern countries. It then contrasts this present state of oppression with the emerging legal reforms and attempts made by a new generation of women’s rights activists. The activist are building new institutions in their homelands despite numerous obstacles and great personal and political risk, creating the need for a new dialogue and approach to human rights in the Middle East.

Topics: Gender, Women, Religion, Rights, Human Rights Regions: Africa, MENA, North Africa, Asia, Central Asia, Middle East

Year: 2004

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