This House believes women will be worse off after the Arab revolutions

Monday February 27 2012
MOTION REJECTED by 26% to 74%

Opinion poll

A majority of Arabs believe women will be better off in post-revolutionary states where political Islam is on the rise, according to the latest Doha Debates opinion poll. 

Seventy-five percent of respondents believe women's prospects will be brighter because the "quality of life will improve" and women, who were active agents of the revolutions, will continue their movement and fight for their rights.

Citing main reasons for their optimism, those surveyed said women will be more protected from "harrassment and intimidation", will have better access to education and enjoy greater freedom of expression and political representation in political parties. 

The poll findings mirrored the results of the February 28 Doha Debate in which 74% of the audience rejected the motion: 'This House believes women will be worse off after the revolution.'

Respondents from North Africa were most optimistic regarding women's improved conditions after the revolutions, especially in Tunisia and Egypt where they started, while those residing in the Levant were least positive. 

Although the majority did not worry about the possible impact of the rise of political Islam on women, respondents in the Levant seemed more concerned with this issue.

However, despite a high level of optimism that the Arab Spring makes it more likely there will be a significant increase in the number of women holding senior political roles in the future, many believe this will not necessarily translate into leadership positions.

The survey, conducted by the polling company YouGov between the 11th of March and the 14th of March, questioned 1003 people.

Polling dates: 11 - 14 March 2012

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