29 November 2010, 3.30 – 5.30 pm, OECD Auditorium
Legal discrimination is incompatible with human dignity and hampers development as it constitutes an obstacle to the full realisation of potentials. Ending legal discrimination against women is a particularly complex challenge in the MENA region, where women face multiple legal and systemic restrictions.
Two leading actors of current reforms in the region shared their first-hand experiences when improving the legal status of women:
The intervention of a specialist for gender-sensitive regulatory impact assessments from Sweden provided a comparative perspective, by drawing on the experiences from one of the most advanced OECD countries in terms of gender equality:
The speakers spoke in detail about political considerations, available tools, and practical implications, when fighting legal discrimination against women and developing gender-sensitive laws and regulations.
The seminar took place within the framework of the MENA-OECD Gender Focus Group, which supports countries in mainstreaming the gender dimension in public policies and regulatory frameworks.
It built on an analytical framework that relates social impact assessment to gender-sensitive regulatory frameworks, developed by the OECD’s Regulatory Policy Division in partnership with the Centre for Arab Women Training and Research and the Regional Centre of Expertise for Regulatory Quality in Tunis. The OECD Regulatory Policy Committee directs this work on behalf of member countries.