NGO declaration on the occasion of the 1st session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

While Arab countries form a region rich in potential and resources, they are amongst the least advanced in matters of equality between women and men. Progress achieved in certain areas, through the efforts of women’s movements, pales into insignificance in the context of flagrant discrimination and violence perpetrated against women in all spheres of life, both public and private. Continue reading


Rabat Call for Support: Equality without Reservation

We, representatives of womena��s and human rights NGOs in the Arab countries, meeting in Rabat on 8-10 June 2006, decided to launch a regional campaign under the slogan a�?Equality without Reservationa�?. The campaign aims to urge Arab countries to withdraw reservations to the international Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and ratify its Optional Protocol.

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