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Gender Justice and the Law

Beirut, Lebanon

The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN WOMEN), launched the study on Gender Justice and the Law in the Arab States Region on 10 December 2018. This study provides a base line assessment of laws and policies affecting the realization of gender equality and the protection of women from violence in the region. The 18 country reports highlight successful legal provisions and identify gaps that countries need to address to meet their international obligations and commitments. All national reports can be accessed on the links below.

On 10 December 2019, ESCWA, UNDPA, UNFPA and UN WOMEN launched a new report entitled “Gender Justice & Equality Before the Law in the Arab States Region: A Regional Analysis of Progress and Challenges” that brings a unique regional lens to laws and law enforcement practices – examining social and economic contexts in which laws are made and pointing to examples of good practice from across the region to encourage exchanges of experience and ideas to advance gender justice. The report builds upon 18 country reports that partners produced, one year ago, under their joint Gender Justice Initiative. A chart that outlines the regional progress is also available on this website.