Across the MENA region, cultural and religious discourses still play a major role in holding back sexual rights for young people, especially women. This report describes the political context in the region, the status of feminist movements and each country’s position on international obligations, covenants, treaties and consensus documents. It also highlights health expenditure issues and analyses health policies and budgets in the countries in this study. The report also tackles countries’ commitments to achieving global standards in maternal health, abortion, population policies, and contraception and reproductive cancers, in addition to other issues related to young people sexuality in terms of comprehensive sexuality education and access to services.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.