The soon-to-be-released 2005 report on Arab Human Development, which is published in connection with the UN, is focused this time on the status of women in the Arab world. How are women doing? Not great. Women are not part of the decision-making process, their representation in government tends to be symbolic, their economic activity is 33%, and their lives are endangered by pregnancy and labor. They suffer double under foreign occupations and they are yet to catch up to men in terms of educational opportunity. According to the report, the two forces that hinder women's developemnt are the dictatorial secular regimes and the rising Islamic movements. (in Arabic)
Wow! I read a whole article on Arab women without encountering the word "veil"! What is going on?