The United Nations has released its latest report on gender equality. Among the countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Tunisia ranked among the highest while Syria, Iraq and Yemen ranked the lowest. Across the Middle East, the issue of citizenship law was noted as a problem in many countries.
Rights and women activists are exerting efforts to convince Jordan’s Senate to amend several articles of the Personal Status Law that allow child marriage, and disregards women’s rights in divorce and inheritance.
Syrian-Kurdish women marched in the Kurdish-majority city of Qamishli in Syria to end gender-based violence to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Women of all ages carried the portraits of fighters in the Women's Protection Units.
Recent Tunisian law criminalises all forms of racism but fight for equality continues in face of country’s history of slavery. Black Tunisians who make a barely visible minority in the country hope that the new law will offer greater equality.