I really love reading Christiane Amanpour‘s insightful commentary about the Middle East, especially with regard to women’s rights and parity. If the subject interests you also, do take a few minutes to read this Q&A with Christiane.
Originally posted on Amanpour:
Q&A with Christiane Amanpour
by Samuel Burke, CNN
Christiane Amanpour will host a new daily foreign affairs program on CNN International starting Monday, April 16. Showtimes at Amanpour.com
What’s the next phase for women’s rights in the Middle East?
I think that is the key question we are all looking at as we see these unfolding democracies in former dictatorships where Islamists are now the rising powers. The most important gauge of this will be whether women’s rights will be enshrined in the new constitutions, along with other minority rights. Will women who took very prominent parts in taking down the dictatorships, get the rights that they sacrificed and risked their lives for in countries such as Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and today in Syria? One of the most important things to recognize is that for decades the UN reports have explained why the Arab and Muslim world is far behind despite it’s natural resources: there’s a lack of freedom, democracy, but most important there’s a lack of women’s participation.