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The unprecedented mass mobilization of the Arab Spring in 2011 hastransformed world affairs and the human rights paradigm worldwide The waveof protests in the Middle East and North Africa Region MENA resulted inprofound implications on the dynamics of human rights rhetoric and itsimplementation in the region Ignited by the hopeless self-immolation of aTunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi the year 2011 witnessed the powerof the people united by their shared agony of oppression corruption andviolations while being empowered by their common demands for freedomdignity and human rights Bouazizi never lived long enough to witness howhis action resulted in a domino pattern that mobilized youth to topple onelong standing dictator after the other as witnessed in Tunisia EgyptLibya and Yemen Protests by civil society made many regional governmentsaffirm human rights norms and no longer publicly condoning theirviolations Furthermore what has been remarkably significant about thismobilization and agency of civil society is the essential role played byArab womens participation and leadership in the course of these events Itis evident that womens emblematic role in changing the status quo andtheir gender condition during the revolutions is nullifying de-contextualized discourse that often portrays them as the passive oppressedvictim In fact some analysts even claim that the struggle for genderleadership and equality has been a silent revolution within the course ofrevolutions of the Arab Spring1 This paper examines the recent wave ofprotests and
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