Obama Speaks Up about Women in the Muslim World

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In Pakistan, schools for girls are being burned down by the Taliban. In Afghanistan, a new law was just passed which makes marital rape legal. While in Iran, a presidential candidate's wife hits the campaign trail, and in Kuwait and Iraq, women are winning elections. In Cairo yesterday, president Obama talked about equality and education for Muslim girls and women. Before he spoke, no one was sure if he was even going to talk about women's rights. Did he go far enough? What can a new US administration and a new First Lady do to help forward the cause of women's rights in the Muslim world? How are Muslim women forging their own gains in male-dominated societies?

Credits

Guests:
Alyse Nelson - President and CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership, Haseeb Humayoon - co-author of a New York Times editorial, Mona Eltahawy - syndicated columnist - @monaeltahawy , Nisha Varia - Deputy Director of the Women's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

Host:
Sara Terry

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Katie Cooper, Sonya Geis