Nazra for Feminist Studies held a regional consultation meeting on the issues of women in politics in the Middle East and North Africa region, between 23- 25th July, 2015 in Beirut, Lebanon. This consultation meeting was held for the purpose of bringing together women who work on enhancing women's conditions through policy and legislative reform processes that impact women's status in their communities, whether they come from countries that went through political transitions or that are currently going through conflict. The participants of the meeting were women who engage with state policies in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Iraq.
The significance of holding such a consultative meeting among women who took part in democratic transitional processes, particularly in countries where uprisings or revolutions broke out, comes from looking into what these democratic transitions included of forming and electing committees or legislative and constitutional councils. The participants presented their ways of engaging with constitutional, political and legislative reform processes in different countries, in order to achieve progress of women's status in both public and private spheres. They presented their experience and the challenges they faced in this respect, especially in countries where women's conditions are quite deteriorated. They also deliberated on the opportunities for and the importance of establishing a regional entity or coalition that brings together women political actors from different countries of the region that aims at integrating women's rights in the democratic transitional processes and in legislative and political reform.