Discussing Legal Priorities and Forging Partnerships in the MENA Region
The MENA Office of Equality Now organized its first strategic meeting in Beirut on the 8th-9th of April, 2019.
On April 8th and 9th of 2019, Equality Now MENA held its strategic meeting in Beirut, Lebanon around “Legal Discrimination of Women and Girls in the Arab Region: Priorities and Mechanisms for Future Action”. The participants included 40 women activists and several NGOs from 13 Arab countries: Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Iraq, Bahrain, Kuwait, Syria and Libya.
The discussions focused on identifying discriminatory laws and challenges affecting women and girls in the MENA region.
The following questions were addressed:
- What laws should be prioritized in efforts to repeal and/or amend discriminatory laws against women and girls in the MENA countries?
- What are the major challenges in amending/repealing discriminatory provisions in existing laws in the MENA countries?
- What existing partnerships and alliances can help support NGO work on legal advocacy? How can such partnerships be activated?
- How can Equality Now help support local NGOs in their gender advocacy campaigns?
Role of Youth
The meeting also included youth participants from Lebanon, Sudan and Tunisia who discussed the specific challenges and various forms of discrimination they face as young people in the region. They shared success stories related to their own achievements and spoke about the important role of youth in promoting gender equality in the MENA region.