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The Arab world is among the most unequal regions in the world when it comes to gender and education, according to a new report released Monday by UNESCO. The Education for All Global Monitoring Report studied gender imbalances in education across the globe, finding that 100 million women in low- and middle-income countries were unable to read a single sentence.
As the world moves closer to the 2015 end mark of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a new U.N. report illuminates how far global society has come, but also how far it still must travel to achieve its objectives.
The report tracks the last two decades of progress on issues such as universal access to family planning, sexual and reproductive health services and reproductive rights, and equal access to education for girls.
Certain extremist armed opposition groups are imposing strict and discriminatory rules on women and girls that have no basis in Syrian law, Human Rights Watch said last week. The harsh rules that some groups are administering in areas under their control in northern and northeasternSyria violate women’s and girls’ human rights and limit their ability to carry out essential daily activities.
Married women in Lebanon who suffer abuse at home remain at the mercy of the country’s multitude of religious courts, because the hard-fought civil law against domestic violence has been stalled for a vote in parliament since the summer. One woman demanding a divorce and custody rights is Aisha, a 24-year-old mother of four originally from the Bekaa Valley, whose abusive husband forced her into prostitution.
Arab women played a central role in the Arab Spring, but their hopes the revolts would bring greater freedom and expanded rights for women have been thwarted by entrenched patriarchal structures and the rise of Islamists, gender experts in the countries say.
On the occasion of the 10 years of the reformed Moroccan family code, KVINFO, the Danish Center for Research and Information on Gender, Equality and Diversity, is pleased to invite you to the conference "Family Code + 10: Experiences and Ways Forward."
Join a public debate and a series of presentations on Islamic feminism in light of the Arab Uprisings of 2011. Panelists in the discussion are Professor Omaima Abu Bakr, Cairo University, Sheikh Gamal Qutb, Islamic scholar and former chairman of Azhar Fatwa Committee, and the Danish Minister of Development Cooperation, Christian Friis Bach.
'The expert women in Palestine are silently working, and the media don’t focus on their work,’ says Maali Abbadi. She is the editor for the Who is She- database in Palestine, that is launched today with the purpose of giving a solution to the problem spoken of. Who is She Palestine is the latest of a number of databases created by KVINFO and partners in cooperation in countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The Palestinian version is established together with med INSAN Center for Women and Gender Studies på AlQuds University.
‘Highlighting a large number of prominent women, they will get recognition of their community; also professional women will get opportunities to participate actively in all levels, says Fadwa Al Labadi, researcher and teacher at INSAN Center; she was director of the center when the cooperation regarding the database began.
The database with women experts was launched in its first version by KVINFO in 1995 with the name KVINFOs Ekspertdatabase. Since then Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon have got their own versions of Who is She, and versions in Tunisia and Morocco are underway.
The Middle East and North Africa were the only regions not to improve in the past year, with Yemen at the bottom, with regards to the World Economic Forum Gender gap index, of which the 2013 report has just been launched. The list measures on political participation, economic equality and rights like education and health.Overall, the report, entitled Global Gender Gap Report 2013, found Iceland to be the most advanced country in the world in terms of gender equality for the fifth year running. Denmark is ranked number 8 on the list of 136 countries.