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.