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Launching of the “Status of Arab Women Report” in partnership with ESCWA-Center for Women


On May 26, 2015, IWSAW hosted the launching event of ESCWA’s Flagship Study on Access to Justice for Women and Girls in the Arab Region: From Ratification to Implementation of International Instruments. The study focuses on 17 countries covered by the ESCWA mandate, namely Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the State of Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the Sudan, the Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The event entailed a welcome note by Dr. Samira Aghacy, Director of IWSAW who highlighted the importance of networking and cooperating with UN agencies on issues related to gender in the Arab World. Dr. Samira Atallah, Director of the Centre for Women at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia also highlighted the importance of networking and communication with academic institutions such as IWSAW. After that Dr. Lana Baydas, the lead-researcher of the study, discussed the findings of the study where she shared with the audience facts and figures related to women’s rights of access to justice in the Arab region. She also highlighted the ability of women in the Arab world, both citizens and non-citizens, to access judicial processes and gain just remedy for violations of their rights.

A lively discussion of the main findings and proposed recommendations followed the presentation.

The event brought together representatives of governmental institutions, gender experts and researchers, development practitioners, students , and media personnel.

More details about the lecture are found in this LAU News article.