National mechanisms for the advancement of women in Arab countries strive to mainstream a gender perspective at all levels. To achieve this, they develop plans, strategies, initiatives and plans, as well as institutional and technical capacity-building programmes. In doing so, they take into account the concerns and needs of men and women and engage them in the preparation and implementation processes, with a view to maximizing their benefit from them.
This study highlights efforts undertaken by the national mechanisms for the advancement of women to mainstream a gender perspective in government organizations, national policies and legislation, in order to determine whether they have achieved their goals and overcome challenges. It highlights lessons learned and good practices and offers recommendations for policies to end discrimination against women and achieve gender equality.