The Situation of Women in the Gulf States

17-10-2014

Upon request by the FEMM Committee, this study examines the economic, political and socio-cultural changes which have affected the situation of women in the Gulf region over the last decades. Through an overall analysis and individual country reports, it notably sheds light on similarities and differences concerning women’s emancipation in Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Gender discrimination is discussed both in law and in practice, focusing on women’s political and economic empowerment, education, migration, family and health.

Upon request by the FEMM Committee, this study examines the economic, political and socio-cultural changes which have affected the situation of women in the Gulf region over the last decades. Through an overall analysis and individual country reports, it notably sheds light on similarities and differences concerning women’s emancipation in Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Gender discrimination is discussed both in law and in practice, focusing on women’s political and economic empowerment, education, migration, family and health.

External author

May Seikaly (Wayne State University), Rahil Roodsaz and Corine van Egten (Atria Institute on Gender Equality and Women’s History) Country experts: Mona Abbass Fadhel (Bahrain), Philippa Winkler (Iran and Iraq), Wanda Krause (Kuwait and Qatar), Khalid M. Al-Azri (Oman), Sherifa Zuhur (Saudi Arabia) and Shahida El-Baz (United Arab Emirates)