Skip to Main Navigation

Regional Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence in the Middle East and North Africa (English)

This Regional Action Plan on Gender-based Violence (GBV) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region reflects the region’s commitment to step up its efforts to address different forms of GBV, recognizing the detrimental impact GBV has not only on the survivors’ wellbeing, but for societies and economies at large. It is a call to action, for teams across the World Bank Group (WBG) to be creative and persistent in bringing these issues to the forefront of our dialogue, and to use all different instruments at our disposal to contribute to preventing and addressing GBV. GBV remains a major challenge in the MENA region. Women and girls are particularly at risk of different forms of GBV, including intimate partner violence (IPV), non-partner sexual violence, femicides and so-called “honor crimes”, child and early marriage, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), as well as sexual harassment. Compared to other regions, MENA has some of the highest prevalence rates for different types of GBV. Forty percent of women in MENA, for example, are estimated to have experienced physical or sexual IPV during their lifetime, being the second highest regional prevalence rate after South Asia (43 percent) and equal to Sub-Saharan Africa (40 percent). Average prevalence of FGM/C remains among the highest in the world. GBV against men and boys, as well as particularly vulnerable populations, is a taboo topic in many MENA countries. The current COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated risks and affected the availability of and access to services. Challenges in the MENA region are further compounded in fragile and conflict contexts, which result in higher levels of GBV, including sexual violence and forced marriage, and disrupt service provision due to insecurity, the breakdown of institutions, and the lack of rule of law. Risks related to climate change increase existing vulnerabilities and the incidence of GBV. With devastating effects on individuals and societies, countries struggle to address GBV effectively. Legal and policy gaps, weak institutional capacity, and inadequate protection, services, and access to justice represent major obstacles, especially when combined with discriminatory social norms and practices.


  • Document Date


  • Document Type


  • Report Number


  • Volume No


  • Total Volume(s)


  • Country

    Middle East and North Africa,

  • Region

    Middle East and North Africa,

  • Disclosure Date


  • Disclosure Status


  • Doc Name

    Regional Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence in the Middle East and North Africa

  • Keywords

    Demographic and Household Survey; intimate partner violence; law on domestic violence; Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome; sexual violence research initiative; female migrant domestic worker; Population and Family Health; Fragility, Conflict, and Violence; data collection and analysis; women in abusive relationships; Central Bureau of Statistics; international human rights treaty; violence against woman; access to justice; Gender-Based Violence; female genital mutilation; gender action; violence against child; cases of violence; legal reform process; closing gender gap; voice and agency; act of violence; abuse of power; protection of human; civil society initiative; women at risk; trafficking in persons; climate change increase; climate change risk; community mobilization program; promoting gender equality; nationally representative survey; analytical and advisory; use of force; national action plan; Rule of Law; sanitation and hygiene; Human Immunodeficiency Virus; form of violence; Investment Project Financing; survivors of rape; health seeking behavior; privileges and immunity; risk and vulnerability; use of drug; conflict and violence; attendance at school; access to money; loss of livelihood; availability of service; violence at home; Social Safety Nets; existing legal framework; use drug; civil society activist; life of child; grievance redress mechanism; honor crime



Official version of document (may contain signatures, etc)

  • Official PDF
  • TXT*
  • Total Downloads** :
  • Download Stats
  • *The text version is uncorrected OCR text and is included solely to benefit users with slow connectivity.


Regional Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence in the Middle East and North Africa (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.