Journal of International Women's Studies

A peer-reviewed semiannual scholarly publication providing international coverage and analysis of wome.'s studies, with particular respect to the relationship between theory and activism.

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 3, March 15

Algerian Women between French Emancipation and Religious Domination on Marriage and Divorce from 1959 Ordonnance No. 59-274 to the 1984 Code De la Famille
Abstract The impact of the Code de la famille on Algerian women has been felt for 27 years and criticism of it is based on is supposed adherence to Shari'ah. This is not an adequate assessment of this legal document or its amendments. It is a more...
Arab Women and Political Development
Abstract Although many measures have been taken by the majority of Arab countries to enhance women's representation in decision-making positions, women's participation in public life and positions of power have not been achieved the desired level....
Engaging Ancient Islamic Traditions in the Poetry of Saleha Ghabesh
Abstract This paper explores the integration of ancient Islamic heritage in Emirati literature, particularly the history of the rise and fall of the Muslim Empire in Andalusia, in an attempt to confront regional challenges and international transformations...
Factors Associated with Contraceptive Use among Jordanian Muslim Women: Implications for Health and Social Policy
Abstract The objectives of this quantitative study were to identify factors associated with contraceptive use by Jordanian Muslim women; to estimate factors that predict the variance in contraceptive use; and recommend appropriate health and social...
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Women and Misyar Marriage: Evolution and Progress in the Arabian Gulf
Abstract Women's status continues to undergo rapid evolution in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC). The modernization policies sweeping the energy-rich region has resulted in unintended social and gender imbalances. Partly due to the wealth distribution...
Job Satisfaction among Women in the United Arab Emirates
Abstract The purpose of this study is to investigate the factors that contribute to job satisfaction for employed Emirati females in the United Arab Emirates. Survey data were collected from 1272 workers in both private and public sectors in all...
Promoting Gender-Sensitive Justice and Legal Reform in the Palestinian Territories: Perspectives of Palestinian Service Providers
Abstract Worldwide, gender-sensitive justice and legal reform has been acknowledged as an important component in improving the status and security of female citizens; in recent decades, such reform has begun in a number of states in the Middle East/North...
The Fourth Wave: Revolution and Democratization in the Arab Middle East
This Special Issue on Arab women, the first of two issues, is timely in that it comes amid a wave of radical changes sweeping the Arab world. Arab women have always been active participants in the socio-economic and political affairs of the Middle...
The Millennium Development Goals: Prospects for Gender Equality in the Arab World
Abstract This study is an assessment of the Millennium Development Goals in the Arab world with Egypt as a case study. The analysis focuses on access to primary education, gender equality, and women empowerment in the Arab world with special emphasis...
Woman Entrepreneurship in the Al-Batinah Region of Oman: An Identification of the Barriers
Introduction Entrepreneurship has its origin from the French word entreprendre that means "to undertake" Burch (1986). The word reflects a willingness to do something, and usually the person who exhibits the willingness is known as an entrepreneur....
Women and the Kuwaiti National Assembly
Abstract Kuwaiti women's long struggle for a seat in the National Assembly culminated with remarkable success on May 16, 2009. For the very first time in Kuwait's political history, the women's movement managed to send four female representatives...
Women's Empowerment in Bahrain
Abstract In Bahrain, the role of women can be determined by examining their activities in all sectors of society. Traditions and laws primarily hold women back from their full participation in the economy and politics of the nation. Discrimination...
Women's Rights: Tunisian Women in the Workplace
Abstract Tunisia is unique among Arab nations, due to the fact that women have been granted equal rights by the Constitution. Tunisia obtained its independence from France in 1956. During the colonial period, women were marginalized, and they little...