Now is the time

Research on gender justice, conflict and fragility in the Middle East and North Africa

Summary:

This report examines the impact of fragility and conflict on gender justice and women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa. It explores how conflict and fragility in four different contexts – Egypt, Iraq, the Palestinian territories and Yemen – has affected the path towards the realisation of gender equality and gender justice in the past several years of political and social change – for better or for worse. In doing so, it aims to: inform and influence discourse and programmes on gender justice in fragile and conflict-affected settings, considering the United Nations women, peace and security agenda; inform policy recommendations to national governments and regional bodies on the implementation of commitments on gender equality and women, peace and security in conflict-affected states; and provide policy and programmatic recommendations to international development actors on mitigating the negative effects of conflict and advancing gender justice in fragile and conflict-affected settings in the Middle East and North Africa. The research was commissioned by Oxfam Great Britain as part of their project, ‘Promoting the Needs of Women in Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa’, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.