Arab Feminist Civil Society Perspective regarding States’ Policies on Economic Justice and Rights
Arab States Feminist CSOs Network
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The session will present two policy papers by the Arab Feminist CSOs Network on the elimination of gender-based violence and economic justice and rights. Developed in preparation for Beijing +25 and Generation Equality Forum 2021, the papers amplify the voice of civil society and feminist organizations, advancing the gender equality agenda.
Zeina Abdel Khalik
Samia Fessi (Kadiraat Organisation)
Fatima Outaleb (Board of Directors of UAF Morocco)
Islah Jad (Beirzeit University)
The session will begin present two policy papers by the Arab Feminist CSOs Network on the elimination of gender-based violence and economic justice and rights. The papers were developed within the process of preparing for Beijing +25, the Generation Equality Forum 2021 to amplify the voice of civil society and feminist organisations and push forward the gender equality agenda.
The session will first address shortcomings of government policies in securing economic justice and rights of Arab women, focusing on the informal sector, unpaid care work, women and entrepreneurship, and women in the technology sector. The session will also address the groups of women who face multiple forms of discrimination such as rural women, refugee women and migrant domestic workers, and consider different challenges faced by women impede them from being economically active and from securing decent work, including:
(1) macro-economic obstacles and limited access to resources
(2) discriminatory laws and insufficient legal protection
(3) adverse social norms and sexual harassment at the workplace
The presentation will discuss what needs to be achieved from Arab governments in the coming five years in order to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women, including young women and persons with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups with equal pay for work of equal value. The session will also present the different forms of violence that Arab women suffer from and how these discourage women from being economically active. It will address the failure of legal frameworks and the dearth of services available for survivors/victims of violence in the majority of Arab countries that result in women enduring different forms of violence.
Arabic interpretation will be available.