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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.
Haleh Esfandiari
Haleh Esfandiari
This issue was published in collaboration with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation Turkey Office.
Foreword The 75th issue of TPQ comes at a time when the world is still in the grips of the COVID-19 pandemic. While not a new phenomenon, the concurrent swell in digital disinformation and misinformation has complicated the public health response on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as further eroded democratic values. Our Fall 2020 issue focuses on key challenges related to disinformation and...