6 organisations advancing women’s rights in the Middle East

When it comes to women’s rights in the Middle East, the scene may seem a bit blurred from a distance. However thanks to these trailblazing organisations, progress is taking place. Whether you’re a journalist or simply interested in women’s rights in the region, this week Advocacy Assembly is showcasing different organisations from the Arab world that are working to enhance women's lives one issue at a time.


1. The Center of Egyptian Women Legal Assistance (CEWLA) 

(CEWLA) has worked with thousands of grassroots women in Egypt and throughout the region. The group has helped marginalised Egyptian women access legal services, has led sexual health trainings, and has hosted seminars about literacy and political empowerment that have enriched and empowered women of all ages. 


2.  Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI)  

Established in 2003, the group focuses on protecting women’s human rights, including fighting against trafficking of women and girls, and operates six safe-houses for women survivors of violence In Iraq. 


3. KAFA  

KAFA Enough Violence & Exploitation is a self-described feminist, secular, Lebanese non-governmental civil society organisation seeking to create a society that is free of social, economic and legal patriarchal structures that discriminate against women. The organisation works tirelessly to promote women's rights, the rights of foreign workers, and gender equality. 


4. Ruwwad

A community empowerment organisation founded by a group of entrepreneurs to help disadvantaged communities overcome marginalisation. Ruwwad’s women empowerment program operates in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Palestine, providing women with education, income generation and social justice.


5. Arab Women Organisation of Jordan (AWO) 

The Arab Women Organisation of Jordan was founded in 1970 and aims to reach gender equality and end discrimination and violence against women. AWO works on empowering women and changing the traditional social roles and expectations of women in Jordanian society.


6. The Arab Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI) 

AWLI supports the efforts of Arab women to increase their participation in public life and the political process throughout the Middle East and the North Africa region. AWLI offers training, networking and mentorship opportunities to advance women in leadership positions.


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