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Wissam S. Yafi argues that there are 4 dynamics resulting in inevitable swap within the Arab area: geopolitical, geoeconomic, geosocial, and technological. Yafi involves the realization that no approach could be in a position to help the dynamics in position apart from democracy.

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41 Arab women seem to be doing it in a more subtle way, perhaps more attuned to Arab culture—and one that may not mimic their Western counterparts, “However angry they may feel at the injustices of the patriarchal system, they do not set themselves against men or propose that women can Geosoci a l R e a l ities 31 live apart from men. ”42 This may explain why some Arab women in more traditional Arab societies still prefer to keep the veil. 43 The key point to keep in mind is that veiled women in countries such as Lebanon, Iran, and Qatar—even India and Pakistan—once given the opportunity have proven no less likely to democratically participate than any of their unveiled counterparts.

The social and cultural system that being “Islamic” as defined by the patriarchal Gulf governments . . promotes the role of woman as mother . . [and demotes the] individualistic career seeking ambitious female . . The education systems support this framework . . 3 and 19 years, respectively, being the median age,10 Nadeya Sayed concludes that the rate of growth of the Gulf population is expected to continue unabated well into the twenty-first century. Geosoci a l R e a l ities 23 Culture has also played a role.

Change is occurring. In the previous decade, women were allowed to vote, and to stand for election to municipal and parliamentary offices. Women in Morocco were given a legislative quota, as they were in Djibouti and Jordan. In the UAE, the ruler allowed women to engage in political activity. In Qatar, one woman won a seat, and another was appointed minister of education. In Kuwait, women were allowed to join the security forces. In Oman, they were allowed to drive taxis. In Yemen, a woman became the state minister for human rights.

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