The Women in Public Service Project is pleased to present our new publication by Dr. Kent Davis-Packard, Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies and American Foreign Policy Programs at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and former Council on Foreign Relations Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Brookings Institution.

This paper offers a new perspective from the voices of Emirati women in politics, policy, business, and university on the status of women in their country in light of the international treaties, conventions, and laws available for women’s empowerment. Drawing on true stories from daily life, it reveals that culture in the UAE is in the process of changing. Despite criticism from some human rights organizations and UN member states with regard to the UAE’s reservations to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Emirati women concede that they have made unprecedented gains ahead of some legal reforms deemed necessary by the international community for women to achieve their full rights in the country. 

Read the full report here.