Some of the findings (here, here and here):
- The most significant progress came in Kuwait, Algeria and Jordan.
- Only Iraq, Yemen and the Palestinian Territories recorded an overall decline in women's rights over the past five years.
- Among the 18 countries surveyed, women enjoy the greatest degree of freedom in Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.
- Women in Yemen and Saudi Arabia lag significantly behind.
- Among the 18 countries surveyed, only Tunisia and Jordan offer specific legal protection against domestic violence.
- Women in Kuwait received the right to vote and to run as candidates in elections in 2005. Four women were elected to parliament last year, a first in the country.
- In Iran, since the election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2005, restrictions on attire and gender segregation in public places have been more strictly enforced and restrictions on free speech have led to the closing of women's rights publications.
- In Iraq, honor killings, rapes and abductions escalated significantly over the five-year period. And yet, women hold 25.5 percent of the seats in parliament.
- In Bahrain, the first female judge was appointed in 2006 and the government rescinded a law requiring women to gain a male guardian's approval to obtain a passport.