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Human Rights: Mashriq Arab States
(1,734 words)

Women's rights activists in the central Arab States point to discrimination and violence against women as major violations of women's rights. The systematic nature of the subordination of women as embedded in law and social practice permeates nearly every aspect of women's lives. The inferior legal status of women in the region is rooted in personal status codes (PSC) that are religiously derived. These laws discriminate against women and privilege men in both the public and private spheres. Mod…

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Nusair, Isis, “Human Rights: Mashriq Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0091e>
First published online: 2009

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