Testimony for a hearing on “Women and the Arab Spring: Spotlight on Egypt, Tunisia and Libya” before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy and Global Women’s Issues and The Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Central Asian Affairs. The hearing shines a spotlight on the importance of ensuring women’s rights as these new democracies begin to take shape and urge that the committee consider the importance of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in supporting these efforts.