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Completing Democracy: Women’s Rights in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya

Yale Journal of International Affairs, 8 January 2013

The beginning of the Arab Awakening was defined by a wave of protests, demonstrations and revolutions that collectively rejected autocratic rule and singularly expressed a preference for democratic governance. As democratization is an ongoing process, the emerging democratic projects in the region are currently in a state of flux.

Cherie Blair, leading human rights lawyer and founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, remarked that economically empowered women play a crucial role in the democratization process, and that "numerous studies have demonstrated that, unlike men, women in developing and emerging markets on average reinvest 90% of their income back into their families and communities, which in turn helps them gain more control over their own lives and attain a higher status in society, and that in turn gives them greater influence in their own communities."

To read the full Yale Journal of International Affairs article and Cherie's remarks on economic empowerment, click here