The Arab Institute for Women


Aqlam Publications in 2022

“Women, Politics, and the Public Sphere: The Evolving Perspective of the Muslim Brotherhood”

This paper examines the evolving perspective of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) on the rights of women, and women’s roles in politics and the public sphere. Limitations of space necessitate a narrow focus on the views of just four prominent contemporary Islamist scholars with strong ties to the MB: Hassan al-Banna (1906-1949) who founded the Movement, Sayyed Qutb (1906-1966) the renowned radical thinker, Sheikh Muhammad al-Ghazali (1917-1996), and Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi (1926- ).

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The “Motherhood Penalty”: Can Social Policies Help Achieve More Sustainable Economies and Inclusive Societies?

Reforms yielded high return on investment in Nordic countries marked by economic growth over the past 50 years. Women’s labor force participation increased drastically and remains among the highest in the world. Economically, an estimate from the OECD (2018) suggests that in Denmark, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, increases in women’s employment account for around 10-20% of the annual growth rate. This success proves that gender equality is a driver of sustainable development. It is good not only for women, but also for men, families, and societies.
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