Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women (ADEW), Egypt
Centre of Arab Women for Training and Research (CAWTAR), Tunisia
The Machreq/Maghreb Gender Linking and Information Project (Mac/Mag GLIP), Lebanon
Maroc 2020, Morocco
Association D�mocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), Morocco
Syrian Women League, Syria
Association des Femmes Tunisiennes pour la Recherche et le D�veloppement (AFTURD), Tunisia
NGOs Forum for Women and Development (NGOsFWID), Egypt
Jordan National Commission for Women (JNCW), Jordan
Women Affairs Support Center (WASC), Yemen
Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women
ADEW was founded in 1987, and it was the first feminist NGO in Egypt to deal specifically with the issue of female heads of households. Over the past fifteen years, ADEW has emerged as both an influential grassroots organizer and a leading advocate for women's rights.
ADEW seeks to improve the status of women through:
Economic empowerment by making credit and income generating opportunities accessible to low-income women.
Legal empowerment by assisting low-income women with obtaining identification cards and other legal papers and by raising awareness about women's legal rights.
Social empowerment by teaching women literacy
Empowerment of marginalized adolescent girls who have dropped out of school by improving their skills and building their self-esteem.
Improvement in the status of women's health in low-income areas, and an increase in women's awareness of public health issues.
Publicizing women's rights issues by lobbying policy makers, the press, and the Egyptian population at large.
ADEW is directed by a seven-member Board of Directors, all of whom are volunteers elected by a General Assembly of 34 founding members. Board meetings are held on a monthly basis, and the approval of a majority of the Board is required for all major policy decisions. The Chairperson of ADEW is also elected by the Board.
Centre of Arab Women for Training and Research [https://www.cawtar.org.tn]
CAWTAR was created in 1993. It is located in Tunis, Tunisia, as an independent international institution, working on a regional basis. Its mission is to undertake research and produce academic findings and reports on Arab women and the issues affecting them, in order to help various decision-makers and actors in the field better implement their policies and projects.
CAWTAR works with governments, NGO's, research centres, UN, regional and international institutions. Its objective is to serve Arab women and Arab men by knowing them better. It has three major initiatives in place to realize this vision:
A reference centre on gender issues in the Arab region, allowing governments and NGOs to strengthen their capacity to bring gender approaches into policy and development programmes.
An information centre working to raise awareness among planners of the need to ensure that women are brought into decision-making at all levels, and enabled to contribute to the development process effectively.
An interface between the different parties involved in promoting the improvement of women's status
The Machreq/Maghreb Gender Linking and Information Project [https://www.macmag-glip.org]
MacMag Glip is a forum for debate, learning and exchange on women, gender and development amongst interested groups in the Middle East and Maghreb region. MACMAG GLIP initially builds on a solid network of working relationships with groups and NGOs in the region. It also draws from an accrued experience in gender training, gender mainstreaming, regional exchange and networking.
Project objectives include:
Creating and facilitating a medium for debate amongst individuals and organisations for the sharing of information and learning on gender within and across the Middle East/Maghreb region.
Strengthening the practical skills and conceptual knowledge of gender and development issues and developing a sustainable pool of local expertise amongst individuals, development practitioners and groups in the region.
Developing communication material, learning and training resources and documentation on women, gender and development issues in Arabic and/or other languages of the region.
Enhancing the level of exchange, communication, interaction and support on gender and development amongst individuals and groups in, within and across the regions and globally.
The project structure encompasses light core coordination in Beirut, Lebanon, a voluntary steering committee of development activists committed to gender and development, a group of in-country focal points, and a voluntary board of international advisors with expertise in gender and development.
Maroc 2020 [https://www.maroc2020.ma]
Launched in 1995, Maroc 2020 is a Moroccan think-tank that aims to reinforce the capabilities of civil society at a local and regional level, promote and conduct debates around key issues, and contribute to development by influencing public policy.
Some of the organization's most important projects include:
Launching the Morocco Vision 2020 project
Creating telecenters in poor areas to facilitate youth's access to learning, and provide them with the necessary IT skills to enter the job market.
Launching public opinion polls around key issues to provide insight into citizen's perceptions of important social, political and economic themes.
Hosting the Mediterranean Development Forum, a conference in which regional organizations can share knowledge and development experiences
Networking with various civil society organizations to fight corruption
Researching and publishing studies on informal educational practices, educational reform, the role of ICTs in developments, etc.
Maroc 2020 is directed by an executive board elected by a general assembly of 26 founding members. The executive board, chaired by an executive president , meets on a quarterly basis and handles all major decisions.
Association D�mocratique des Femmes du Maroc [https://www.adfm.ma]
ADFM is an independent women association which was founded in 1985 by an group of activists engaged in long-term battle for gender equality.
ADFM operates through various channels to:
Guarantee judicial equality, mainly in the aplication of family laws,
Eliminate all forms of discrimination against women in education, employment, health, management positions, etc.
Promote full participation of women in the public sphere, and their representation in all institutions and decision-making bodies.
Promote a positive image of women in society through capacity building programs, women rights initiatives,
Strengthen the women rights movement both nationally and internationally
ADFM is present in most Moroccan rural and urban areas, but it mainly operates through its two branch offices in Casablanca and Rabat.
Syrian Women League
SWL, established in 1948, is a democratic women's organization, a contributing member in Women's International Democratic Federation (WIDF) and a member in the Women Permanent Arab Court to Resist Violence Against Women. The League's headquarter is in Damascus City, with branch offices across govern orates, ensuring even spread of the League's objectives and purposes.
The Syrian Women League's objectives and goals include:
To spread awareness and enhance knowledge on women's issues, and equality
among women and within society
To render the issue of women a matter of public concern on a broader social scope, and propose amendments that ensure
To introduce modifications and develop civil status code/law to conform to the principle of equality in rights between men and women
To contribute to Arab campaigns to resist violence against women
To advocate the integration and the mainstreaming of gender in public policies
To promote the gender concept within Syrian society
To work on improving women's image in the media
To highlight all forms of violence against women at the domestic, social, legal, physical and psychological levels.
Association des femmes Tunisiennes pour la recherche et le D�veloppement
Founded in 1989 by a group of women researchers and activists, AFTURD is an independant Tunisian NGO which has focused its activities on research and communication on women's legal rights. It is also engaged in promoting a critical reflection on women's conditions, identifying obstacles against their full particvipation in the economic and public life.
Its main objectives include:
Research studies on women's integration in the development process,
Encouraging women's participation in the decision-making process,
Working actively to achieve effective emancipation for women,
Enhacing women's role in cultural, social and economic development
Creating and developing networks for communication and exchange among Tunisian women and also between Tunisian women and women from the African and Arab regions.
NGOs Forum for Women and Development
NGOsFWID is a local network of 17 Egyptian development NGOs including women groups, health and environment groups, training centres and other local organisations, which have agreed on the need for cooperation among women's groups in Egypt to face various pressures.
Some of NGOsFWID's main objectives are:
To collectively develop the capacities and skills of the participant organisations
to regularly and effectively exchange experiences between organisations
to enhance the role of the NGOs working in the field of gender
to observe and document women's status
and to create channles of communication and interaction among NGOs concerned with women's issues.
NGOsFWID has been very active in local networking, capacity building, training and communication on women and development and is involved in a number of local networks active in advocacy on the implementation of CEDAW, gender violence and women's legal rights.
Jordanian National Commission for Women [https://www.jncw.jo]
JNCW is one of the first semi-governmental commissions established in the Arab world to promote women's issues. Established in 1992, JNCW's mission is to support mainstreaming of a gender-equality perspective in all policy areas and to narrow the gap between formal acknowledgement of women's rights as detailed by legislation and actual societal attitudes towards women through:
improving the status of women and enhancing their role in national development
increasing and encouraging the participation of women in economy, politics, and decision making;
strengthening women's legal status
JNCW is the authority on women's issues and activities for Jordan's public sector, and it represents the Kingdom in all dealings pertaining to women's affairs at national, regional, and international levels.
The Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Development [https://www.zenid.org.jo]
ZENID was established in 1994 to promote development by providing training and research to improve the skills of practitioners in Jordan and across the region. Through a human rights-based approach to development, ZENID encourages gender equity in all our activities, and advocates policy changes to bring lasting improvements to the lives of poor communities.
The institute offers technical support and assistance to a variety of organizations and individuals, ranging from voluntary groups, NGOs, and governmental agencies, to women's organizations, students and youth.
Women Affairs Support Center
WASC was founded by Yemeni Human Rights activist who worked on a voluntary basis for the rights of Women. Since the first Yemeni Conference on VAW (violence against women) which was held in Sana'a in 1998 as part of UNIFEM's global "VAW, it's our right Campaign" WASC deals with priority themes such as governance and human rights and uses strategies like public awareness raising, training, research, advocacy and legal literacy. Over the last two years WASC has been one of the few notable NGO's working for Yemeni Women.
Some of WASC's main goals are:
Strengthen the social, economic and political role of Yemeni women;
Create a database to provide gender sensitive information on Yemeni women in the above mentioned areas;
Raise general public awareness on gender and women issues
Create a female-male cultural dialogue.