Why Women Must Be at the Heart of Phase II of the Arab Spring

Date: Nov 2012

“There are two steps in a revolution: You break it and then you build something new. That’s the hardest, “ says Mabrouka M’barek, a newly elected member of the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly.

M’barek, a “founding mother” birthed in the Arab Spring, is engaged in drafting the country’s new constitution. She is one of the 49 women in a 217 Assembly in Tunisia that ironically boasts of exceeding the female representation ratio in the U.S. Congress.

This is a big change. In the Arab world, women have lagged far behind as leaders in politics and business. This has largely and adversely affected progress and development as reported both by the World Economic Forum and the United Nations Development Program.