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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

Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Economic & Educational Status
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (February 2010)

 

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

 

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

 

Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Control of Financial Assets
by International Foundation for Electoral Systems and Institute for Women's Policy Research (February 2010)

 
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Focus on Morocco Topic Brief: Social Attitudes toward Women (French Translation)
by IWPR (January 2010)

 
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Focus on Morocco Topic Brief: Freedom of Movement, Freedom from Harassment & Violence (French Translation)
by IWPR (January 2010)

 
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Economic & Educational Status (Arabic Translation)
by IWPR (January 2010)

 
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Economic & Educational Status (Arabic Translation)
by IWPR (January 2010)

 
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Focus on Lebanon Topic Brief: Civic & Political Participation(Arabic Translation)
by IWPR (January 2010)

 
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Focus on Morocco Topic Brief: Project Overview and Respondent Demographics (French Translation)
by IWPR (January 2010)

 

Focus on Yemen: Opinions on Early Marriage and Gender Quotas
by IWPR & IFES (January 2010)

 
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