Women’s Rights Report

Writing in Reuters, Alaa Shahine reports:

Arab women are taking more senior government posts than before but many are still years away from challenging men’s domination of key decision-making positions, a top U.N. official said on Monday.

Several Arab states have allocated parliamentary seats and cabinet portfolios for women, but the failure to challenge stereotypes depicting women as inferior to men could hamper such progress, U.N. Under Secretary-General Mervat Tallawy said.

“Despite the many achievements in the last five years, women in the Arab world are still far from equality and still face many challenges,” said Tallawy, also executive secretary of the Beirut-based Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.

“Soap operas still give the woman roles where she sits and chops vegetables while the man is sitting in front of a computer. The woman cries and screams in the face of the first problem, while the man is wise,” she told Reuters.

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