Using Research on the Status of Women to Improve Public Policies in the Middle East and North Africa

October 23, 2012 - IFES

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A toolkit to create and disseminate reports on the status of women in the Middle East and North Africa is now available.

Using Research on the Status of Women to Improve Public Policies in the Middle East and North Africa  allows women’s organizations based in the region to compile research-based reports that:

  • Educate on the challenges faced by this gender
  • Offer research-based recommendations for creating programs and informing policy decisions that support and empower women
  • Increase women’s engagement and influence in the MENA region and other corners of the world

The toolkit was developed by IFES and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. It is based on IFES’ Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa (SWMENA) program.

Launched in 2008, SWMENA uses comparative and country-specific surveys to measure how women in Lebanon, Morocco and Yemen see themselves as members of society, the economy and the polity. This approach provides a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities for women in the region, while empowering local women's activists to use the collected data to advocate for change.

SWMENA.org is the digital complement to the SWMENA project. The user-friendly website features all data collected through surveys between 2009 and 2010 presented in three languages: English, Arabic and French.

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