Gender Justice, Citizenship, and Development

By Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay; Navsharan Singh | Go to book overview

Unequal Citizenship

Issues of Gender Justice in the Middle East and
North Africa1

MOUNIRA MAYA CHARRAD

On October 10, 2003, Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer who is little-known outside of Iran, won the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition for her work on women's rights in her country. The award highlighted the struggle for women's rights not only in Iran, but in the Middle East and the Islamic world. In awarding the prize, the Nobel committee stated its intention 'to prod the Muslim world into recognizing that Islam and human rights could go hand in hand… [and] to embolden the struggling reform movement in Iran at a time of widespread turbulence and upheaval in the Middle East', (New York Times, Saturday October 11, 2003). The news was received with

1 An earlier version of this paper was presented at the workshop of
the Gender Justice, Citizenship, and Entitlement Project, IDRC, Ottawa,
November 13-14, 2003. Sections of this paper are drawn from Mounira
M. Charrad, 'Becoming a Citizen: Lineage Versus Individual in Morocco
and Tunisia.' In Gender and Citizenship in the Middle East, Suad Joseph,
ed. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2000.

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