Gender and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa: A Decade after the Arab Uprisings

Picture: Women protesting in Egypt during the Arab Spring, from CODEPINK Women For Peace at Flickr.








In October 2020, GLD and its partners Marwa Shalaby (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Lena Wängnerud (University of Gothenburg), were awarded 446,000 SEK (approx. 50,400 USD) by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond to study Gender and Politics in the MENA. The main applicant and PI is GLD Director Ellen Lust. 

The momentous upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) since 2011 have had substantial implications for gender politics. This project explores how the old paradigms, realities, and contexts for studying gender and politics in the region have been shaped and reshaped by unfolding political transformations since the onset of the uprisings. It is time to take stock of the state of the field and chart the research agenda ahead.

To do so, we will convene a workshop to examine gender and politics across regimes and cultural contexts of the MENA compared with other regions. The workshop is a collaborative effort by researchers at the Program on Governance and Local Development (GLD), the Quality of Government (QoG) Institute, and the Working Group on Gender and Politics in the MENA. It will bring together 43 international, interdisciplinary scholars to discuss cutting-edge research. The workshop will include eight sessions over two days. The sessions will involve a brief presentation of each paper, with the majority of time devoted to comments, feedback, and questions. The organizers will review revised papers, prepare them for publication as working papers, and as a special issue in an international, peer-reviewed journal. Results will also be discussed in the GLD podcast series, Governance Uncovered.





Lindsay J. Benstead, "Do Women Provide More Casework? Using Elite Surveys to Explain Representation in Arab Parliaments," GLD Gender and Politics in MENA Workshop, May 7.

Marwa Shalaby,  "Discerning the Link Between Women's Substantive and Descriptive Representation Under Authoritarianism," GLD Gender and Politics in MENA Workshop, May 7. 


Related work: 

Barnett, Carolyn; Shalaby, Marwa. (2021). "Success Beyond Gender Quotas: Gender, Local Politics, and Clientelism in Morocco" The Program on Governance and Local Development Working Paper No. 48, University of Gothenburg. Available At: 




Riksbankens Jubileumsfond

This project is supported by the Gender and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa: A Decade of Uprisings. (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond – F20-0096), PIs: Ellen Lust, Marwa Shalaby, and Lena Wängnerud.