The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated existing economic, humanitarian and political failures across nations in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region and has deepened the multiple crises that continue to threaten peace, human security and justice.

What are the root causes that have led to many of the pre-existing challenges being faced by the MENA countries? Partner Organizations and feminist activists from Palestine, Syria, Yemen and Egypt came together to shed light on the complex consequences of conflicts, the failed governing systems, the exclusive and gender-blind development policies, the war economies and politicisation of aid, the hegemonic masculinities and patriarchy, and the increased securitisation and militarisation.

Opening remarks:
Madeleine Rees – WILPF Secretary-General

Salma Kahale, Dawlaty – Syria
Randa Siniora, Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling – Palestine
Nada Nashaat, Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance – Egypt
Rola Al-Masri, WILPF MENA Manager

Laila Alodaat, WILPF MENA Director