To the advancement of women’s rights and to celebrate, awarded the emir of Dubai Sunday prizes to specific winners. Remarkably enough, were all men.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoem is not the first the best in the Gulf. He is emir, say king, of the ‘bling-bling’-state of Dubai and vice-president of the federal United Arab Emirates …
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoem is not the first the best in the Gulf. He is emir, say king, of the ‘bling-bling’-state of Dubai and vice-president of the federal United Arab Emirates. As sheik Mohamed via Twitter announcing that ‘big leaps forward’ that the country makes in the area of women’s rights and national ‘genderprijzen’ issue, is there a public for.
The accompanying photos of sheikh Mohamed with the laureates did, however, the eyebrows frown. All laureates are men, most of them of middle age. While the emir is reported that women in the Emirates ” are central in the shaping of the future of the country’ and ‘gender equality is a pillar of our government institutions’ has become the prize for ‘the best personality which gender equality supports to sheikh Saif bin Zayed al Nahyan.
Al-Nahyan is deputy prime minister of the Uae and minister of Home Affairs and was awarded for the introduction of parental leave in the army of the Emirates. The other laureates were the minister of Finance and two other high government officials – of course all men.
That the institutions of a mediagevoelig country like Dubai had not estimated that prices weerbots would get, shows how disconnected some Arab ministries still are. The harvest of laconic Twitter-reactions was great. “Sorry, about what equality of sexes, do we? We see there is only one.’ ‘I’m sorry to have to say this, but you forgot women to invite.’ Or just ” Really, this is not a satire.’
This is the emir with his genderprijzen particular managed to illustrate how shaky women’s rights in his country still are. While Dubai with its high towers and zwembadvakanties trying hard to be modern appear, put the World Economic Forum the United Arab Emirates on the 121ste place in a ranking of 149 countries, which is about gender equality in the field of education, health and political participation.
Rape within marriage is still not a crime, and domestic violence is allowed ” as long as the limits imposed by the islamic law, does not exceed’.
On some planes the Emirates, and other countries in the region, to take small steps forward on women’s rights. Half of the National Federatieraad of the Emirates – let’s say, the parliament – must, from the next elections are women. Only has that board with hardly any powers.
In all countries in the region – especially those with aartsconservatieve regimes such as in Saudi Arabia and Iran women have to face a parade of legal discrimination that is difficult to seem to disappear. Saudi Arabia continued last year, an important symbolic step by women with the car to drive – as the only country in the world where that is still not allowed.
At the same time were all important Saudi female activists are imprisoned, and since then there is hardly any of them heard. Recently came to Saudi Arabia negative in the news when the eighteen-year-old Rahaf al-Qunun via a trip to Thailand, her family tried to flee. Her father called out a line in which he, however, adult daughter was able to ‘reclaim’, but caught after an international scandal bone. They got asylum in Canada.
Even in Lebanon, one of the most liberal countries of the Arab world, Lebanese women who marry a foreign man still does not have the right to their nationality to their children – only Lebanese men with foreign partners are allowed to that. This is just one of the many legitimate reasons why women are still second-class citizens feel in their own country.
Lebanon is however the only country in the region where, according to the constitution the presidency – and a large part of the political power – is guaranteed to be in christian hands. It is not only islamic traditions and organizations that the patriarchal system in the Middle East will obstinately maintain.
‘It will be for my daughter’
‘Reforms will come in this corner of the world only after decades of protests, ” said researcher Myriam Sfeir (44) of the Institute for women’s studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, this to be The Default. ‘Women now have university degrees, they end up in important jobs, and as a result, the traditional visions is naturally a sting. The younger generation – the majority in the Arab world is more open to those changes.’
“But that’s not to say that the situation is now suddenly good,” said Sfeir. ‘Plenty of laws discriminate against women. Family and divorce law work anywhere in the region of women. And what happens within the family, behind the closed doors of the house? Real equal rights will be something that my daughter will hopefully be here to see it. Provisionally we are not there yet.’ And so genderprijzen provisionally reserved for Arab men.