This document provides a summary of the synthesis Arab report on the periodic review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action after 25 years. The aforementioned report reviews the achievements made by Arab countries in fulfilling their commitments under the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and analyses the challenges facing the region in that regard through highlighting the regional political, security, economic, social and cultural and analyzing how these impact gender equality and women’s advancement.
The regional report is based on the national reviews of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action submitted by twenty Arab countries. It consists of five sections. Section I reviews the general framework of the status of women in the Arab region. Section II presents progress made in empowering women, adopting the same framework used in the guidance note for comprehensive national-level reviews. Section III provides an analytical review of Arab countries’ efforts in establishing entities and institutions concerned with implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Section IV examines the efforts of States, despite general shortfalls in the gender statistics system and the lack of sex disaggregated data in most Arab countries, in providing gender-disaggregated data to measure progress and identify weaknesses. Section V analyses lessons learned, highlights national and regional priorities and makes recommendations to assist Arab countries their efforts towards gender equality.