This paper seeks to reflect on women’s movements in the Middle East. Within the general context of the region, the case studies of Egypt and Turkey illustrate two specific yet illustrative examples of some of the underlying issues, problems, debates and policies, which constitute the backdrop to contemporary women’s activism. The two case studies also reveal that specific historical as well as current conditions shape women’s movements and partly account for differences within the Middle East. A critical discussion of the Middle East as a unit of analysis will be followed by a more specific analysis of similarities and diversities between women’s movements in the region.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.