Encyclopedia on the Arab Women’s Status in Legislation launched by the League of Arab States

Posted by Bahaa Darwish (Prof. of Philosophy, Qatar University)

The League of Arab States has launched- in Arabic- an encyclopedia entitled” the position of the Arab Woman as shown in the Legislations of the various Arab Countries”. http://www.arabwomenlaw.com/ The encyclopedia is divided into four volumes: the woman position as expressed in the various Arab Constitutions, Immigration laws and Personal Status, Civil and Criminal Law, and finally Laws expressing her rights for work, for political participation, for social security, for education and trade.

The merit of such encyclopedia is that it gives an objective reflection of the situation of the Arab women in their various States, her rights and duties in various life issues through official documents. It also helps researchers and those interested in the Arab women’s issues have a ready official document at hand that can be relied on in assessing her current situation.

Useful as it is, this encyclopedia should be translated, at least, into English to be also in the hand of non-Arab researchers to give their feedback about its comprehensiveness and the extent to which the Arab women got their full rights, since not only Arab people are interested in recognizing the real situation of the Arab woman as reflected in the official constitutions and laws.

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7 Responses to Encyclopedia on the Arab Women’s Status in Legislation launched by the League of Arab States

  1. Rehab says:

    Dear.. Thanks for posting this.. I am writing a story on arab female scientist contribution on science research, Could you please help me by sending my any female scientist emails or any statistic that have been done by you??

  2. So great news. I think we should and we can work on filling the gaps in the encyclopedia. Any suggestions?

    • Thalia Arawi, PhD-Founding Director, Salim El-Hoss Bioethics & Professionalism Program (American University of Beirut, Faculty of Medicine) says:

      I have posted a reply earlier for some reason it did not appear. Will try again. I think Bahaa post is great but we need to define what “rights” are for women in the Arab World. we need to agree on a common understanding of what the term actually means and encompasses. There are many divergent views on this matter. After we do that, we can write a draft paper and take it from there.

      • Moderator says:

        Dear Thalia,

        When you post a comment for the first time, the moderator need to approves it. This is why your first comment didn’t appear, because I didn’t check it yesterday. After you have been approved, every comment you will be posting will automatically appear (no need for a secong approval).

        Best regards.

      • Thalia Arawi, PhD-Founding Director, Salim El-Hoss Bioethics & Professionalism Program (American University of Beirut, Faculty of Medicine) says:

        Thank you for this clarification.

  3. Thalia Arawi, PhD says:

    Thank you for this very interesting link Bahaa. However, one issue that often bothers me is the defintion of right. What do we exactly mean by “rights” and is there a common agreement to what this term refers to when it comes to the rights of women in the Arab World?

    • Bahaa Darwish, Professor of Philosophy says:

      You are absolutely right. To add to what you said, it is not only “rights” that is in need of “precising definition”, but all concepts pertaining to women’s issues. This will lessen to a large degree the range of differences among bioethicists and proponents of women’s rights. I do think that if people start with defnig the concepts they use, when going through a discussion of any issue, it may turn out that there was no dispute among them and that it was all an intensional matter.

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