Policy Paper: Toward an Enhanced Participation of Women in Decision-Making Positions in the Arab World
This policy paper was prepared by Karama to share at the 53rd Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), held in New York from March 2-13, 2009. At this session, the Commission evaluated progress made by governments on the implementation of the Agreed Conclusion on “Equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes at all levels” adopted at the 50th Session of CSW.
This paper aims to provide recommendations to governments, the international community, NGOs and others on how to accelerate women’s equal participation with men at all levels of decision-making through analysis of the influence and role of Arab women in these processes. This paper comprehensively examines the current situation for women in politics, the infrastructural challenges to women’s inclusion, and the consequences of their exclusion.