Media Advisory: Launch of the Regional Gender Justice and Equality before the Law in the Arab States Region Report

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Amman, 4 December 2019 – Marking International Human Rights Day, UNDP, in partnership with UN Women, UNFPA and ESCWA, will be launching a new regional report, entitled “Gender Justice & Equality Before the Law in the Arab States Region: Analysis of Progress and Challenges.” The report brings a unique regional lens to laws and law enforcement practises – examining social and economic contexts in which laws are made and pointing to examples of good practice from across the region to encourage exchanges of experience and ideas to advance gender justice.

The regional report builds upon 18 country reports that the four agencies produced last year under their joint Gender Justice Initiative — assessing across countries in the region laws that promote or impede gender justice in conformity with international standards and providing a baseline to track progress.

The launch event will initiate a dialogue among gender experts, activists and government officials on avenues of action to achieve equality before the law, full access to justice and protection from violence, for women and girls—all key to achieving gender equality in the Arab region. Without such guarantees, no country will be able to realise the promise of prosperity, peace and sustainability for all, as suggested in the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development.

What: Launch of the Gender Justice & Equality Before the Law in the Arab States Region: Analysis of Progress and Challenges report.

When: Tuesday, 10 December 2019, 10:00-12:15. Registration starts at 09.30. (Meeting Agenda)

Where: Intercontinental Hotel, Amman, Jordan

Who: The launch brings together representatives of governments; civil society and women’s organizations from across the region. The opening session features a summary presentation of the report and a round table discussion with participants from Sudan, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia to discuss the importance of legal reform. Please find attached the launch agenda.

Members of the media are welcome to attend sessions of the opening day on 10 December 2019.

Please confirm your attendance to Sophia Jessen at

The new report and updated versions of the 18 country summaries will be available as of 09:00 on 10 December 2019, through UNDP, ESCWA, UNFPA and UN Women respective websites.

For more information, please contact:


Noeman Alsayyad | Communication Advisor | Regional Bureau for Arab States

E-mail: Mobile: +962 (79) 567 2901 

UN ESCWA:          

Rania Harb | Public Information Assistant

E-mail: Mobile: +961 (70) 008 879


Samir Imtair Aldarabi | Communications Advisor | Arab States Regional Office

E-mail: Mobile: +201068484879

UN Women:          

Diego De La Rosa | Regional Communications Consultant | Regional Office for Arab States

E-mail: Mobile: +971 (50) 6862 312 


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