Focus on Yemen | Project Overview & Respondent Demographics

Publication Date: 
7 Dec 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 Goals 

  • 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 
  • Before conducting the SWMENA survey, key NGOs in Yemen that work on several aspects of women’s issues completed a short survey to identify their data needs and advocacy priorities.
  • 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, a final report will be created with comparisons across regions, between countries, and between communities within each country.


Project Research Areas 

  • Political and civic participation; Economic participation and 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 and education


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