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Closing the Divide: Women Empowerment in Qatar Between Rhetoric and Reality

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submitted on 2024-02-15, 05:17 and posted on 2024-02-15, 05:18 authored by Nada Hassan Abdulmajeed Fouad

The Arab Gulf nations, including Qatar, have embraced women’s empowerment as a central aspect of their national development. Numerous initiatives have been launched to further this cause. However, despite the public rhetoric emphasizing progress in this area, there seems to be a discrepancy between this and the experiences of women on the ground. This chapter aims to examine this gap by exploring the impact of state feminism within a welfare state on the empowerment of ordinary women. To do this, in-depth interviews were conducted with 20 Qatari women to gather their perspectives. Using a power lens, this study found that the women interviewed faced challenges in areas such as freedom of choice, legal rights, inclusiveness, and representation. The results suggest a disconnect between the empowerment initiatives and the lived experiences of these women, highlighting the need for a shift towards a bottom-up approach that focuses on the organic growth of a powerful female community that can advocate for and assert their rights within the context of their realities.

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Published in: Women's Empowerment and Public Policy in the Arab Gulf States : Exploring Challenges and Opportunities
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Springer Singapore

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  • 2023

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Copyright © The Editors and The Authors 2023. This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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  • Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
  • School Of Economics Administration and Public Policy - DI
  • Qatar University
  • College of Arts and Sciences - QU

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