Gender Equality Policy -Erbil Ministry of Justice

01 Dec 2020

"We are against any sexual discrimination and stand against any marginalization of the role of women. Women should be given the role and the rightful place in society and actively participate in the political, economic, social and cultural fields in the region." Women and men have different access to resources and opportunities. This difference is rooted in the current standards, norms and beliefs about men and women's roles, responsibilities, rights and behaviors, stemming from the society and culture that prevails in them and the traditional view of women at work and positions. Over the past years, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has made extensive efforts in establishing the idea of gender equality and spreading it through amending laws and developing various strategies and programs. Despite the efforts made, the matter still requires strategic interventions at all levels of programs, policy-making and the adoption of special measures to promote gender equality and empower women. The ministry's commitment towards international agreements related to gender equality, especially the Convention on the Prohibition of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women known as CEDAW, international decisions concerning women, and international recommendations issued by the Human Rights Council within the universal periodic review mechanism and the concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, known as the Committee CEDAW.