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

13 Feb 2018

The regional Comparative Study on Constitutional Processes: A Gender Perspective is the first study of its kind.

The study is co-authored by constitutional experts Hoda Elsadda, Salsabil Klibi and Ibrahim Draji and addresses nine selected countries: Syria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Morocco, Algeria and Libya. It documents and analyses the constitutional processes and sheds light on the crucial role of gender in constitution-making. Examples are used to illustrate the various approaches adopted by constitution-makers and are evaluated from a gender-sensitive perspective.

The study is based on the same principle that has been highlighted by the ABC for a Gender Sensitive Constitution:  the process of constitution-making can’t be limited to the inclusion of some gender equality provisions; it must be framed by a comprehensive, gender sensitive approach. This means engendering the language of the constitution and other legal texts, explicitly protecting women’s rights, and ensuring women’s equal participation in the public and political spheres, as necessary components of a genuine democratic system.

This study has been produced with the financial support of the European Union and Sweden.