A rather dire warning from a woman who was once an Iranian judge... until the revolution of 1979, after which she found herself promoted to "secretary."
There's no doubt that the Arab Spring movements have much to concern us. There's also no doubt that, when the existing social contract expires, "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun," as Mao Zedong rather rightly noted.
What that means is that we have to sort out who is going to have the guns and convince them that female political power is in their interests. How to do that? If it cannot be done, then there will be no rights for women in these societies for a long time to come -- until the new "social treaty" stabilizes, enough for a gentler kind of evolution of thought to take place. That is the kind of thing that takes generations, not revolutions: think how many generations were needed here.