Women's Rights in the Arab Gulf | Freedom House

Women's Rights in the Arab Gulf

Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

National Endowment for Democracy,
Washington, DC

On February 11, Freedom House released a special study on women’s rights in the Gulf Arab states. More than 140 people attended the release of Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa: Gulf Edition at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington. Freedom House’s panel discussion featured Bahraini Ambassador to the United States Houda Nonoo and experts on Oman, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. The study of the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries found that women’s rights have undergone a "seismic shift" of improvement in the last five years, however there are many obstacles that remain in the political, legal, economic and social spheres.

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