COVID and Gender in the Middle East, a recently released book edited by scholar Rita Stephan, is the first book to provide empirical evidence of COVID’s gendered effects. Centered within a feminist framework, this volume gathers an impressive group of Middle Eastern and North African scholars, activists, and policy experts. The book examines a range of national and localized responses to gender-specific issues around COVID’s impact on health, economy, security, and human rights in MENA region.
Arab Barometer’s Salma Al-Shami and Michael Robbins, along with Zach Bampton wrote a chapter in the COVID and Gender in the Middle East book, titled Women’s Rights and Roles during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The chapter covers key questions on how and to what extent did the COVID-19 pandemic alter pre-existing perceptions on women’s rights and roles in the MENA region? And, in what ways were the effects of the pandemic not gender-neutral?
Among the key findings from this chapter: