Presentation of the Comparative Study on Constitutional Processes in the Arab World: A Gender Perspective

13 Feb 2018
Constitutional Processes, Arab World, Gender Perspective, gender equality

Euromed Feminist Initiative presented its last comparative research “Comparative Study on Constitutional Processes in the Arab World: A Gender Perspective” on January 16th 2018.  This conference was organized in partnership with Bentham Center of Sciences Po Law School, allowing international students and Syrian human rights defenders to meet with academics and professionals working on the promotion and protection of equality between men and women, such as Diane Roman and Réjane Senac.

Mr. Guillaume Tusseau, Professor of Public Law at Sciences Po, Ms. Lilian Halls French, Co-President of IFE-EFI

Guillaume Tusseau, Professor of Public Law at Sciences Po, moderated the session, allowing Hoda El Sadda, Ibrahim Draji and Salsabil Kelibi - the authors of the study- to present the main conclusions of the report. 

Ms. Hoda El Sadda, Ms. Salsabil Kelibi and Mr. Ibrahim Draji  - The Authors of the Study

The comparative report studies women’s role in transition  processes and constitutional building. It emphasizes how women have been at the forefront of the Arab revolutionary movements before being marginalized in the drafting process of the constitutional texts. As a matter of fact, in Egypt, only 10% of women participated in the drafting of the constitution and this rate did not exceed 14% in most Arab countries. The most representative states were chosen to show the diversity of situations and yet the similarity of results.

Raising these issues is of paramount importance, pointed out Lilian Halls-French, IFE-EFI Co-President, when it has been proven that the issue of gender is always overshadowed in times of conflict, crisis, or war. This confernece made it possible to reitrate fundamental issues pertaining the struggle for women participation in constitutional processes, highlighting the role and effective use of international law for the protection and participation of women.