The Pioneers and Leaders Hub: Knowledge Center About Arab Women was launched in March 2019 by the Women as Partners in Progress (WPP) Project. The Hub is designed to acknowledge and support the advancement of Arab women’s progress by featuring Arab women pioneers, leaders, and civil society organizations.



All of these agents of change are strong voices, tireless advocates, and major activists for reform in their countries with a common goal of advancing gender equality and women’s rights. Many of them persisted despite numerous social, cultural and political obstacles.


Each of the women pioneers dared to be the first. Each of these women challenged convention, and stepped outside of expected roles, and thus created new opportunities for her sisters. Many of these pathfinders believed that the status quo was not an option.


These extraordinary women pushed society to think bigger, change some unfair norms and regulations, overcome barriers, break glass ceilings, and move forward. 




The HUB is a work-in-progress providing knowledge resources and networks for women and their allies in the Arab world and internationally. It is designed for all who are curious about women in the Arab world: women, men and families, policy makers, NGOs, women’s organizations, research institutes, business people, international development agencies, university students, and the media, among others. 



As a dynamic and expanding resource, the HUB currently contains:


  • Three Directories

    • 57 women pioneers from 15 Arab countries

    • 99 women leaders from 15 Arab countries

    • 61 civil society organizations supporting issues impacting women from 15 Arab countries

  • Three Knowledge Seminars’ materials with five presentations

  • A Progress Report in the form of a matrix about the intersection of gender with socio-economic and political sectors and stating progress made to date in these Arab Countries

  • A Bibliography citing research by individual researchers as well as local and international think tanks, research centers and institutes, organizations, and other sources of knowledge



The Hub has recently been disseminated to universities within the United States who are teaching Arabic, Middle Eastern, and Gender Studies. 


The below universities have already responded, saying that they will use the Hub as a teaching resource in their classrooms:


  • Catholic University of America, Washington, DC

  • Colorado State University, Colorado

  • Creighton University, Nebraska

  • Drexel University, Pennsylvania

  • Georgetown University, Washington, DC

  • Gonzaga University, Washington

  • Northern Virginia Community College, Virginia

  • Purdue University, Indiana

  • Rutgers University, New Jersey

  • University of Florida, Florida

  • University of Iowa, Iowa

  • University of Texas in Austin, Texas

  • Utah State University, Utah



To view the Pioneers and Leaders Hub, click here: