For gender justice in Arab countries, abolish colonial laws!

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It’s not just a failure on the part of the police in Arab states, it’s also a huge failure on the part of legislation – or a lack of it. Most Arab states do not recognise the term “femicide” or consider misogyny a hate crime. Penal codes are greatly lacking with an absence in laws that define, specify and punish gender-based violence and marital rape. Arab governments have their priorities all wrong. While they are busy banning the new Buzz Lightyear film Lightyear, or hunting down people for waving rainbow flags or arresting young women for making TikToks, every week another woman is horrific…

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