Thought Leaders World view. Women enjoy political and social rights in many Muslim countries, and Egypt has recently granted women the right to divorce their husbands. Ann Elizabeth Mayer. While Saudi Arabia welcomes technology allowing it to accommodate U. Technology is not only changing the way business is done, but also has a profound impact on consumer behavior and society. By investing politically and economically in the small states of the Indian Ocean, both on its African and Asian shores, Gulf Arab states are positioning themselves as pivotal actors in the region.
In contrast, where Middle Eastern women have been severely disadvantaged has been in the areas of family law and inheritance, where women are accorded fewer rights than men and are subordinated to male authority.
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The Canadian foreign aid program is geared toward the empowerment of both the poor and women, and it awards grants and aid on the basis of need. Qatar, which follows Wahhabi doctrine, has been launching a series of social and political reforms affecting women in the past few years. Their goals include eliminating coeducation and setting up special curricula to train women for lives as housewives, removing women from jobs outside the home, limiting their political role, prohibiting birth control and abortion both of which were permissible according to most medieval jurists of Islam, who did not see in these practices any threat to morality or traditional sex rolesremoving women from the legal profession and the judiciary, and imposing rigid dress codes designed to insure that no man outside a woman's immediate family sees more than her hands and face. For many women in the Middle East, equality with men and personal freedom do not seem to be meaningful goals. Observation of actual cases suggests that many husbands tended to abuse this extremely easy method of divorce, which led to a great deal of insecurity and anxiety for many wives. Female genital mutilation, for example, is a cultural practice that has afflicted women in several cultures at different times in history.