This policy paper is developed within the process of preparing for Beijing +25, the Generation Equality Forum 2021. Given the pluralistic nature of the Arab region that is projected in the dynamics of the civil society and in view of UN Women’s commitment to participation and inclusivity, a series of policy papers on four gender thematic areas are prepared by the Arab States CSOs and Feminist Network to amplify the voice of civil society and feminist organizations and push forward the gender equality agenda.
This report presents Lebanon’s civil society parallel report for Beijing +25 Conference. Given the pluralistic nature of Lebanon that is projected in the dynamics of the civil society and in view of UN Women’s commitment to participation and inclusivity, a parallel report is vital to give the key insights of civil society organizations working on the ground to complement, validate, and contradict where necessary the report submitted by the government.
by Lina Abou Habib
In November 1994, I accompanied my feminist mentor, Dr. Maitrayee Mukhopadhyay, to an event which was probably the turning point of my ensuing feminist activism. Back then, the MENA region was preparing for what was to become the last UN Conference on Women which was held in Beijing in September 1995. The event was the regional Amman preparatory NGO Forum which was supposed to bring in the voices of civil society into the global UN IVth Conference on Women (subsequently referred to as the Beijing Conference).
The principal output of the Commission on the Status of Women is the agreed conclusions on priority themes set for each year. Agreed conclusions contain an analysis of the priority theme and a set of concrete recommendations for governments, intergovernmental bodies and other institutions, civil society actors and other relevant stakeholders, to be implemented at the international, national, regional and local level.
Conducted by UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA, and ESCWA, this study on Gender Justice & the Law in the Arab States Region provides a comprehensive assessment of laws and policies affecting gender equality and protection against gender-based violence in Arab countries. The report is composed of 18 country profiles, each of which maps a country’s key legislative developments and gaps regarding gender justice. This introduction provides an overall summary of these country chapters followed by a summary of each country examined.