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Tunisia Election Raises Hopes for Arab Women and Democracy: View - Businessweek

As Tunisians await final results in their national election, the first in a country remade by the Arab Spring, it’s worth paying particular attention to the outcome for women there.
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Tunisia: Women's winter of discontent

Nine months after the overthrow of the former president, Tunisia has voted in the first open and fair election in the region. In part one of a three part article Kristine Goulding asks: Is a Tunisian feminist fall, driven by local, national and international support, possible? Or will countervailing forces of politics, social pressure and religion prevail?

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Rebel With a Cause

Rebel With a Cause | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Hayat Sindi is doing work that could save lives, and launching her own Mideast foundation. By Abigail Pesta.
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Report: Iranian actress faces jail, lashing

Report: Iranian actress faces jail, lashing | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Kalameh.com website says Marzieh Vafamehr was sentenced for appearing in a movie critical of the Islamic republic's hard-line policies.
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Tunisia Islamists storm university over veil ban | Reuters

(Reuters) - Islamists stormed a university in Tunisia Saturday after it refused to enrol a woman wearing a full-face veil, a staff member said, highlighting tensions over religion that are likely to dominate an election later this month.

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Activist Shrugs Off 'Cosmetic' Improvements In Saudi Women's Rights

Activist Shrugs Off 'Cosmetic' Improvements In Saudi Women's Rights | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Saudi activist and writer Wajeeha al-Huwayder describes the state of women's rights in Saudi Arabia today. Interviewed conducted by Radio Free Iraq correspondent Karam Mnashe; translated by Ayad Al-Gailani.
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Despite democracy in Iraq, women actually losing freedoms

Despite democracy in Iraq, women actually losing freedoms | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
A new report shows gains for women's rights across most of North Africa and the Middle East. But not in Iraq. The country with a large US military presence for so many years is actually backsliding when it comes to overall conditions for women.
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Yemeni women burn traditional female veils to protest regime crackdown as clashes kill 25

Yemeni women burn traditional female veils to protest regime crackdown as clashes kill 25 | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
SANAA, Yemen — Hundreds of Yemeni women on Wednesday set fire to traditional female veils to protest the government’s brutal crackdown against the country’s popular uprising, as overnight clashes in the capital and another city killed 25 people,...
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Tunisia: Feminist Fall?

Tunisia: Feminist Fall? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Nine months after the overthrow of the former president, Tunisia has voted in the first open and fair election in the region. In the final part of a three part article Kristine Goulding argues that if a 'feminist fall' does not come to fruition, it will be because the citizens of Tunisia have shown democratically that feminism is not consummate on their agenda.

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Kyrgyzstan: Hijab Controversy Charges Debate over Islam’s Role in Society

Kyrgyzstan: Hijab Controversy Charges Debate over Islam’s Role in Society | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Set against the backdrop of a presidential campaign, a debate in Kyrgyzstan over Islam’s place in public life is gaining steam.
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Tawakul Karman: 'New face of Yemen'

Tawakul Karman: 'New face of Yemen' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The BBC's Lina Sinjab meets Tawakul Karman, the Yemeni journalist and activist who is one of three women to have been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
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Arab women protesters – not free, just figureheads

Arab women protesters – not free, just figureheads | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Nesrine Malik: Glorifying the role of Arab women in the uprisings uses them like some sort of mascot – yet their rights are the first to be relegated
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Mauritanian activist talks about women as agents of change

Mauritanian activist talks about women as agents of change | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Decorated rights defender Aminetou Mint El Moctar discusses the role of Maghreb women in the political changes sweeping the region.
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