The Middle East: “Still a long road ahead”


The Middle East: “Still a long road ahead”


Middle Eastern women face an uphill struggle to forge IP careers, but there have been some marked improvements in the UAE, as Mariam Sabet, IP lawyer at Al Tamimi, explains.

In the ultra-conservative Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, women have fought and still fight a tough battle for greater equality. 

The 2011 Arab uprisings marked a turning point and motivated more women to demand greater visibility in society.

Nonetheless, huge challenges remain. According to the Unicef report, “Situational Analysis of Women and Girls in the Middle East and North Africa 2010-2020”, gender gaps in the region persist and recent progress is at risk due to global and regional events, including conflict, political and economic upheaval, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

MENA, Diversity, Unicef, Gender Equality