Ranking respect for women’s rights in Arab states

By Katie Bacharach

A Thomson Reuters Foundation poll found that Egypt is the worst Arab state for women. Egypt’s place at the bottom of the ranking is attributed to discriminatory laws, a spike in trafficking, sexual harassment, high rates of female genital cutting, and a surge in violence and Islamist feeling after the Arab Spring uprisings. The poll surveyed 336 gender experts in August and September in 21 Arab League states and Syria. Questions were based on provisions of the U.N. Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which 19 Arab states have signed.

Complete poll results can be found here.