G & C: The Initiative

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The Gender and Citizenship Initiative (GCI) has launched its second phase in 2006. The main objectives of the Initiative are:

  • to support research-informed policy debate and dialogue on women's citizenship in selected countries in the Arab region,
  • to raise public and media awareness about the scale and implications of gender inequalities inherent in key legislation,
  • to build the capacity of Arab women's NGOs in networking and advocacy to lobby for policy changes, and
  • to build partnerships between women's NGOs and parliamentarians
  • launch regional and country based policy dialogues with key decision makers and stakeholders
  • identify and address country-based challenges which may obstruct legal reforms
  • raise public awareness on nationality as a case in point for engendering citizenship in the Arab world
  • launch country specific legal reform initiatives related to Arab nationality Laws
  • A midterm validation and review meeting was held in Bahrain, on 10-11 January 2007.
Activities in 2007 will include:
  • Proposals for legal reforms of nationality laws;
  • Production of country fact sheets that can be used for communication and awareness raising;
  • Expanding the scope of assessment and action-research to new countries where potentials for mobilizing local partners, and
  • Launching breakthrough campaigning and advocacy work is quickly materializing. These include the Gulf region Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
  • GCI activities are expected to terminate by holding a review meeting in the month of May 2007 (tentative date).

... More on the objectives of phase II and on the minor amendments introduced and new countries added.