All six Gulf Arab states, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, are committed to moving their countries away from hydrocarbon dependency towards economic diversity in line with ambitious national visions. Women are critical to not only helping their countries achieve the goals of each vision, but also playing an instrumental role in transforming national economies and beyond. Does state-sponsored feminism, as embedded in the different visions, help or hinder women in contributing to national transformation? What legal and social issues remain resistant to giving Gulf women equal opportunities in the workplace? What are the obstacles to women in the Gulf reaching positions of leadership, and how are the different actors responsible for changing the narrative around the issue of gendered leadership?
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