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Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa

SWMENAThe Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa (SWMENA) is a gender-focused multi-year project to study the status of women in three countries: Lebanon, Morocco, and Yemen. Funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), IWPR worked on the project with the International Federation for Electoral Systems (IFES) toward improving the status of women in the MENA region through strengthening local NGO capacity to use research to more effectively advocate on behalf of women.

In order to fill gaps in existing data about women of Lebanon, Morocco, and Yemen, advisors in those nations participated with IFES and IWPR in designing household surveys. Survey research areas include women's political and civil participation, economic participation and well-being, social attitudes toward women's roles, violence, reforming laws, social autonomy (access to education, role in household decision-making, and control over household resources), access to health, and level of education. Based on the data once the surveys were complete, IWPR and IFES prepared analyses in the form of Topic Briefs and made these along with the survey data available on the project web site:www.swmena.org.

IWPR also completed an NGO Capacity-Building Tool Kit to further help NGOs by providing guidance about methods for seeking additional data in the future and ways to use it to change policies and practices in order to help women. IWPR has brought to this project its specialized expertise in defining, measuring, and analyzing comparative and comprehensive indicators and conducting participatory research concerning the status of women.

 

Latest Reports from IWPR

Using Research on the Status of Women to Improve Public Policies in the Middle East and North Africa: A Capacity-Building Toolkit for Nongovernmental Organizations
by Denise L. Baer, Ph.D., Jane Henrici, Ph.D., Layla Moughari, Barbara Gault, Ph.D. (October 2012)

This toolkit provides methods, techniques and tips for individuals and organizations to undertake and use research on the status of women as a mechanism for positive change in the lives of women, their families and communities. It was designed as a part of a larger project, the Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa (SWMENA).

 
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Lobby Training Manual
by (February 2011)

 
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Women's Freedom of Movement (Arabic Translation)
by (February 2011)

 
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Social Attitudes Toward Women (Arabic Translation)
by (February 2011)

 
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Project Overview and Respondent Demographics (Arabic Translation)
by (February 2011)

 
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Lobby Training Manual (Arabic Translation)
by (February 2011)

 
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Attitudes Toward Policy Change (Arabic Translation)
by (February 2011)

 

Focus on Yemen Topic Brief: Health Care Access
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (December 2010)

 

Focus on Yemen Topic Brief: Freedom of Movement & Freedom from Harassment & Violence
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (December 2010)

 

Focus on Yemen Topic Brief: Educational Attainment and Career Aspirations
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (December 2010)

 

Focus on Yemen Topic Brief: Paid Work and Control of Earnings & Assets
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (December 2010)

 

Focus on Morocco Topic Brief: Project Overview and Respondent Demographics
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (May 2010)

 

Focus on Morocco Topic Brief: Civic and Political Participation
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (May 2010)

 

Focus on Morocco Topic Brief: Freedom of Movement, Freedom from Harassment & Violence
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (May 2010)

 

Focus on Morocco Topic Brief: Health Care Access
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (May 2010)

 

Focus on Morocco Topic Brief: Paid Work and Control of Earnings & Assets
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (May 2010)

 

Focus on Morocco Topic Brief: Opinions on the Family Law and Gender Quotas
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (May 2010)

 

Focus on Morocco Topic Brief: Social Attitudes toward Women
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (May 2010)

 

Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Social Attitudes Toward Women
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (February 2010)

 

Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Women’s Freedom of Movement & Freedom from Harassment & Violence
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (February 2010)

 
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