Reforming Family Laws to Promote Progress in the Middle East and North Africa
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Keywords

Family law
Middle East
North Africa

How to Cite

Moghadam, V. M., & Roudi-Fahimi, F. (1). Reforming Family Laws to Promote Progress in the Middle East and North Africa. Al-Raida Journal, 66-73. https://doi.org/10.32380/alrj.v0i0.285

Abstract

The issue of women's rights is gaining prominence in policy debates, as pressure for democracy in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) continues to grow.
Area experts contend that a larger role for women in the economy and society is vital to the region's progress. But women in MENA still face gender discrimination that prevents them from reaching their potential, despite their impressive gains in education and health.

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