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11 Dec

Women, Peace and Security: How does the Arab region measure up?

The first-ever Women, Peace and Security Index was released a few days ago. This is a major milestone in understanding the challenges and constraints faced by women worldwide. The index measures well-being – defined by three dimensions:

  1. Economic, social, and political inclusion
  2. Formal laws and informal discrimination in the justice sector
  3. Family, community, and societal security

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09 Mar

The Arab Women who refuse to be silent

On International Women’s Day, Arwa Haider celebrates new musicians who are continuing a tradition of outspoken female singers in Arabic music.

By Arwa Haider

When a Saudi Arabian music video recently went viral, depicting niqab-clad female singers throwing shapes and chanting lines such as “may men disappear”, the colourful skit was hailed as a challenge to stereotypes. Yet the spotlight barely shifted: the notion of the voiceless Arab female lingers in the mainstream, despite the fact that Saudi does not reflect the Arab world at large. In fact, strong-voiced women have been a lynchpin of Arabic music in its far-ranging forms – from folk songs to commercial pop – across many generations and nations.

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