CRTD-A CSW 56 Parallel Event - Women's Social and Economic Rights in Light of Political Changes in the Arab Region

February 27, 2012

 

 

Women's Social and Economic Rights in Light of Political Changes in the Arab Region

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Monday, March 5, 2012

 
Boss Room, 8th Fl
CCUN Building
New York
 
 
 
There are many political changes taking place in the Arab Region, in which Arab popular revolutions raised the slogan of social justice. This strongly indicates gaps between classes and the increase of poverty rates, especially among women who suffer from economic discrimination and exclusion from labor laws in most of the Arab countries including Egypt. What increases this situation of poverty is discrimination in inheritance, as women are deprived of their inheritance especially if it consists of cultivation lands. This is the case in Egypt, Syria, Morocco, and Jordan. 
 
Women also suffer from the calls by fundamentalist movements for women to go back to staying at home, and to deprive them from their right to work. This is not to mention working conditions themselves which often consist of inadequate working environments in which women are subject to different forms of violence and sexual harassment. Moreover, wages largely vary between women and men for the same type of work. Labor laws assume that reproductive roles are only entitled to women and those hinder women's advancement and promotion to leading positions.

The seminar reviews the efforts of Arab feminist organizations to change laws and social conditions that discriminate against women's social and economic rights in order to reach actual equality in accordance with international treaties, particularly, the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
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