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Expert Group Meeting on Gender Intersectionality in the Arab Region

Beirut, Lebanon

On 25-26 July 2018, ESCWA Centre for Women organized an Expert Group Meeting on Gender Intersectionality in the Arab Region, to initiate discussions on the topic and attempt to address few of the questions it raises.

The debates around intersectionality have been largely focused on theoretical points, and these have often happened in academic spheres. As such, this meeting provided a space for in-depth expert discussions on how to create a framework through which the intersectionality approach can be applied in the field for development purposes.

The discussions and the recommendations of the Expert Group Meeting will feed into a technical paper that ECW intends to develop with the ultimate objective of setting the foundations of a knowledge base for the Arab region to reduce gender inequalities.

The expert group meeting brought together international experts on gender intersectionality, regional experts on topics of relevance including labor migration, refugees, older persons, persons with disabilities, poverty, violence against women, and representatives of UN agencies that focus on these topics.