March 8, 2011, 7:25 p.m.
The protests that have swept across the Middle East and North Africa are creating an opening for political dialogue, which could potentially benefit women by resulting in reforms that increase gender equality. This is especially the case in countries where the population is amenable to improving the status of women. A recent IFES survey found that the majority of Yemeni men and women are open to reforms that could improve women’s standing. Lauren Serpe, research officer at IFES’ Applied Research Center, talks about the status of women in Yemen and what the current anti-government protests could mean for the advancement of women’s rights.