On (some) women's rights
Ok, this is weird. It seems that egyptian women have more legal rights than their jordanian and lebanese counterparts, at least when it comes to passing on their nationality. It might have only changed in the past 3 years or so, but up until then the kids of egyptian women and foreign men did not get the egyptian passport. The rationale went like this: Only the men can give their kids the egyptian citizenship, because...ehhh.....welll......ok, fine, we are sexist! Happy now? Thankfully this horrendous mistake has been remedied and now both egyptian men and women can give the very prestigious egyptian nationality to their children. Good for them. But here is the weird thing: The Women in Lebanon and Jordan, both of which are more progressive and liberal countries compared to Egypt, do not have that right until now. There are current campaigns to give them the ability to pass down their nationality to their children, but still no success. The issue there seems to be that there are too many palestinain refugees living there, and if one of them marries one of the women, their kids would get the nationality, and we can't have that now, can we? At least they have a better reason than just being plain sexist like we were, but that reason is bullshit (the children of Jordanian males married to palestinain refugee women get the citizenship) and this still sucks. Women in arab countries will never hold big political or influential positions, will never get to run the countries and are treated more or less as sex objects and trophy wives. Fine, whatever, but at least treat them like equal citizens when it comes to giving their nationality to their children. That's the least you could do!