Monday, June 4, 2012

Arab Women's Movements

How do we define women's movements? Does it mean any group founded by women, or that works for women, or most of whose members are women, or exclusively a group that aims to achieve women's rights? A leading scholar of women's movements, Maxine Molyneux, suggests " A women' movement does not have to have a single organizational expression, and may be characterized by a diversity of interests, forms and spatial location". Another definition from Wikipedia "refers to a series of campaigns fro reforms on issues such as reproductive rights, domestic violence, maternity leave, equal pay, suffrage, sexual harassment and sexual violence. The movement's priorities vary among nations and communities"