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14 Apr

New Partnership: Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World

We are proud to welcome our new partner:

The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) at the Lebanese American University was established in 1973. At that time, it was the first such institute in the Arab world, and among the first globally! The Institute focuses on advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality through education, research, development programs, and outreach at the national, regional, and international levels. In short, IWSAW works at the intersection of academia and activism.  In education, the Institute created and supports gender-focused programming such as the MA in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies and the Gender in Development and Humanitarian Assistance continuing education certificate. IWSAW’s research on gender issues includes the bi-annual journal Al-Raida (The Pioneer) as well as Country Gender Profiles and a range of other issues. The Institute also promotes sustainable community-based development projects. IWSAW’s animated song on gender equality In My Hand and their student video competition are examples of more creative approaches to promoting equality. The winner for 2017 is Misplaced Guilt and for 2016 is Covering Up – both very powerful videos! Check out the monthly update and Facebook and Twitter for the latest information – and ways to get involved!

The spirit of collaboration between IWSAW & arab.org aims to raise awareness on issues relevant to women in the Arab World and identifying new ways to support their empowerment.

Start your journey today:

11 Dec

Women, Peace and Security: How does the Arab region measure up?

The first-ever Women, Peace and Security Index was released a few days ago. This is a major milestone in understanding the challenges and constraints faced by women worldwide. The index measures well-being – defined by three dimensions:

  1. Economic, social, and political inclusion
  2. Formal laws and informal discrimination in the justice sector
  3. Family, community, and societal security

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29 Nov

Three notable innovations in humanitarian aid

Marked by the first World Humanitarian Summit in May in Istanbul, 2016 was supposed to be the year to #ReShapeAid. The gathering failed to live up to its enormous hype, but the resulting Grand Bargain showed the direction of travel on a host of important humanitarian issues ranging from transparency to multi-year funding, from less earmarking and more localisation to greater collaboration between humanitarian and development actors.

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24 Nov

Social Excellence of Success

If you are seeking ways to build a business and leave your mark on society, social entrepreneurship can help you do both. Social entrepreneurship is the use of the techniques by start up companies and other entrepreneurs to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. This concept may be applied to a variety of organisations with different sizes, aims, and beliefs.

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17 Nov

The new Arab cosmopolitans

Despots are pushing the Arab world to become more secular
But they are consolidating their own power in the process

During Friday prayers the congregation of Muhammad Yousef, a young puritanical preacher in the Egyptian town of Mansoura, once spilled out into the alleys surrounding his mosque. Now Sheikh Muhammad counts it a good week if he fills half the place.

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