Annex B. Legal and policy reforms in Southeast Asia between 2019 and 2023

Between 2019 and 2023, Southeast Asian countries passed 33 legal and regulatory reforms related to gender equality, including 13 new and 20 amendments to existing legislation. Among these reforms, 26 (or 79%) were assessed as contributing to greater gender equality (Table A B.1). The most common issue tackled by reforms is the prevention of violence against women, while others address the issues of child marriage, inheritance rights, and equal treatment in the workplace. The legislative framework of the region is supported by a multitude of action plans and national policy frameworks on gender equality at various levels. In Southeast Asia, all countries except for Brunei Darussalam have such national action plans or policy frameworks in place.

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