Feminist revolution in the Middle East hangs in the balance
The networks of women’s congresses, armed units and community organisations are clearly central to the entire project, from grassroots to the main co-ordinating bodies of the autonomous administration. Each local council or neighbourhood assembly right up to district and overall level must have a 40% quota of either sex.
In addition to this, women’s councils exercise vetoes over male decision-making. By these means, the gender balance of power is deliberately skewed towards women.