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In the mass movements that swept the Arab world, there were no specific demands for improving women’s status or gender equality under the law. However, the women who came out into the streets were hoping for and expecting an expansion, not a contraction, of their rights. They should learn and take heed   from the   experience of women in Iran after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, which showed  that the most progressive laws can be set aside and ignored by lawmakers who do not believe that women’s rights are human rights.
 
 
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Haleh Esfandiari
Haleh Esfandiari
From the Desk of the Editor Over the last couple of years, Turkey has weathered multiples storms in close succession: two general elections that took place in a polarized political climate, an escalation of the Turkey-PKK conflict, a crisis with Russia, the 2016 failed coup attempt followed by state of emergency measures, and the continued threat of terrorist attacks. The aftermath of the constitutional referendum in April...
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