Focus on Lebanon | Project Overview & Respondent Demographics

Publication Date: 
18 Feb 2010

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Project Background

  • The Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa (SWMENA) is a gender-focused research project that evaluates the status of women in three countries: Lebanon, Morocco, and Yemen
  • SWMENA is a project by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) with funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) 

Project Goal

  • Improve the status of women in the broader MENA region by strengthening local NGO capacity to effectively advocate on behalf of women
  • Train local NGOs on using solid data in their advocacy efforts and employ better strategies in approaching members of parliament, other governing bodies and the press about policy recommendations
  • Build local data collection and analysis capacity  

Project Methodology

  • Evaluate existing data on women, identify gaps, and design national surveys to capture needed data
  • Survey questionnaires include a core section that is standard across the three countries and a distinct country module that deals with country-specific gender issues
  • After data collection in all three countries, composite social indices will be created to summarize key themes and allow comparisons across regions / communities within country and between countries  

Project Research Areas

  • Political & civic participation; Economic participation & well-being
  • Social attitudes towards women’s roles, violence, reforming laws
  • Social autonomy (access to education, role in household decision-making, control over household resources)
  • Health & education


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