Gender justice and the law study
Assessment of laws affecting gender equality in the Arab States region
This study is based on the premise that development is endangered if it fails to address gender inequalities. No country will be able to realize the grand promise of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development when half of its social and economic power is hampered by gender inequalities. The law and the justice system play a
central role in guaranteeing equality, not only as a principle but in functional terms as well.
More than a decade ago, The Arab Human Development Report 2005: Towards the Rise of Women in the Arab World warned that “Many laws in the Arab countries discriminate against women. Constitutional provisions for the protection of women’s rights exist in nearly all countries but are often flouted, contradicted by other legislation or not enforced.” The report went on to illustrate a range of discriminatory provisions and practices that “reveal the bias of the Arab legislator against women.”