Egypt is the worst Arab state to be a woman, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation's 2013 poll on women's rights in 22 Arab states. The poll studied violence against women, female family rights, reproductive rights, female integration into society, and attitudes towards women in politics and the economy. The study assessed 21 Arab League members, as well as Syria, which the Arab League suspended in 2011. Gender experts conducted the poll, and based questions on the U.N. Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Reactions to the poll's rankings have ranged from the enraged to the unsurprised. All in all, the poll finds that the outlook is not good in the fight for women's rights. Here's the Thomson Reuters ranking, from worst to best: