•    Increase women leaders' knowledge of gender roles ad women's rights in order to identify and advance up to three key issues that affect women's daily lives.
  •    Increase skills women leaders need for their voice to be heard as they advance key women issues.
  •    Increase engagement in women's issues by civil society, government institutions, national leaders, media, academia, NGOs and other influencers for a collective push to advance women's progress.


 Expected Results:

  •    Advancing at least two issues women leaders chose (such as reducing gender-based violence) in each country.
  •    Increasing the empowerment of at least 30 women in each country.
  •    Engaging many allies (women and men) in support of the advocacy of the women leaders in the three countries.
  •    Greater engagement of civil society, the mass media, universities, NGOs, and others in support of the issues that the women leaders chose.
  •    Greater engagement of government officials in support of the issues that the women leaders chose.

Core Elements:

  •    Research and Knowledge-based Strategies;
  •    Established and Emerging Women Leaders;
  •    Diversity for Collective Action for Change;
  •    Amplifying the Voices of Women in the Process of Advancing Societies;
  •    Women and their Allies as Resources for Change; and
  •    Women and Leadership.

Key Facts:

Implementer:      The Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace,
                                     The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS),
                                     University of Maryland (UMD)

Funder:               Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)
                                     U.S. State Department

Start Date:            October 1, 2017

End Date:             September 30, 2019

Our partners:

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Funded by:

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