Reinforcing gender policies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is critical for the political, social and economic empowerment of women and the promotion of good governance. Since 2009, the MENA-OECD Governance Programme and its Gender Focus Group (MENA-OECD Women in Government Platform)takes stock of MENA countries’ gender initiatives.

The “OECD-CAWTAR Report on Gender, Law and Public Policies: Trends in the Middle East and North Africa” is the first regional comparison of its kind focusing on multiple aspects of gender equality from a public governance perspective.

The report highlights the trends in legal reforms to eliminate gender-based discrimination and foster compliance with CEDAW, analyses the impact of public policies, institutions and laws on economic and public participation of women in the region, investigates how women’s access to top decision making posts in the legislature, judiciary and public sector can be enabled and institutions and policy 16 process for inclusive and gender-sensitive policies, including collection of gender-related data be strengthened.

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