The revolution in Egypt that began at the end of January 2011 offers us a remarkable case-study for the progression of women’s rights through their social movements during a period of political democratization. Through an evaluation of the theories between the relationship of social movements and democracy, and an in depth comparative analysis of the impact of previous revolutionary periods in MENA and their post-polities, we can formulate a normative hypothesis on women’s social movements during Egypt’s contemporary democratization attempt. By using Egypt during the Arab Spring as a case-study, and evaluating primary and secondary data sources, such a hypothesis can be extended to any current and future MENA states for advancing women’s rights which undergo a similar process. Due to the high correlation between social progress and liberal democratization, especially in MENA, and due to the low correlation between women’s participation in various insurrectionary movements and the perpetuation of gender-specific rights coupled with MENA’s stout reluctance to embrace women’s agendas, it is the thesis of this paper that for women’s rights to progress women must temporarily move to the background gender specific social demands and assimilate their movement into Egypt’s democratic one. This should be done by continuing to help ensure through a visible presence that Egypt’s current military leadership maintains their promises of democratization while in the meantime training Egyptian women on how to take advantage of the rights afforded to them by a democratic polity in order to stake their claim within it. It is through and within a democratic Egypt women can better foster and build upon their rights.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Democratization, Egypt, Mena, Political, Social, Women|
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