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2 Innovations Changing The Tech Landscape For Women In MENA

The Middle East and North Africa is home to a growing number of women who are, uncharacteristically, demanding equal citizenship and a greater role in society. The impetus? Women are getting educated—and getting online.

It might surprise most Westerners to know that women in MENA are, in fact, more educated than women in most other regions. Between 1980 and 2010, the average years of schooling for girls between the ages of 15 and 19 in the MENA region more than doubled from 3.5 years to 8.1 years—among the fastest increases in the world—according to a recent World Bank report on gender equality and development. And since 1975, the ratio of females to males enrolled in post-secondary education in the region tripled to 112 percent—eight countries even have a “reverse gender gap.”…