O Instituto de Relações Internacionais da Universidade de Brasília informa o lançamento do livro Nation-building, State and the Genderframing of Women’s Rights in the United Arab Emirates (1971–2009), de autoria da […]
This book studies the intersection of gender and nation-building, by means of a case-study based on the UAE. The UAE government has expressed pride in the changes to women’s rights and roles that it has implemented, and has a stated aim to establish through example a new benchmark for gender empowerment in the region.
Vânia Carvalho Pinto seeks to examine why the state has so visibly committed itself to the cause of the expansion of women’s rights. She suggests that this commitment has to do with the need to unify or build the nation through a common cause, creating a national identity of empowerment, for the population in general and for women in particular, and argues that the Emirati State has purposefully portrayed the changing roles of women as necessary and desirable to its population.
Pinto further suggests that there is no direct or easy link between the state’s ‘offer of rights’ for women and society’s acceptance of them in the UAE. The proposed changes raise deep issues about honour and respectability, and represent a radical departure from accepted and deeply entrenched norms and traditions within the culture of the region. This makes fertile terrain for analytical examination, and begs the question as to why women’s rights have continued to be central to the nation-building process, and what challenges have been and continue to be faced as a result of them.
The concept of ‘genderframing’ aims to define the connecting mechanism between nation-building and women’s rights issues, and to help explain the successes and failures of government policies in the region. By examining the creation, deployment and modifications of the Emirati genderframe, this book highlights the profound intertwining between gender, nation-building and domestic socio-political dynamics in a country which is still struggling to find self-definition and empowerment in the modern world.
This book will have enormous appeal to those seeking to understand the role of women and the ongoing socio-political changes in the Middle East.