American University of Beirut

Inclusive Strategies for RRP of Women Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The world's most successful organizations innovate, adapt and change. In today's challenging environment, with the advances in technology and global market trends, the workplaces across the world are rapidly changing. In the Middle East and North Africa, greater efforts are needed to establish more diversified economies to support strategic growth and regional development. After tumultuous years, the promise of improving the formal economies of the region rest greatly on the shoulders of secure dignified employment for women.

A first of its kind, the program focuses on Inclusive Strategies for Recruitment, Retention and Promotion (RRP) of women. 

Comprised of four online modules:

> The first three provide participants with concrete competitive arguments for implementing inclusive strategies, followed by hands-on experiential exercises to enable local strategizing to tackle barriers and to implement purposeful strategies for inclusive workplaces.
>  The fourth module brings together a panel of trailblazing champions of inclusion to share and discuss women's inclusion initiatives that have worked locally. 

Delivered by world-class experts and renowned academics, the program informs, engages and connects executives, HR managers and key decision makers using solution-driven and tailor-made content for the region.


Dr. Charlotte Karam
> ​Adjunct Professor and Primary Investigator for the SAWI Project, Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership for women, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut
> Director of the Executive MBA, and Ian Telfer Professorship in Inclusive HRM, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa

Module 1

Dr. Lina Daouk
> Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology, BI Norwegian School of Business, Norway
> Visiting Researcher, Aalto University, Finland

Module 1

Dr. Fida Afiouni
> Founding Member, Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership for Women
> Associate Provost, American University of Beirut​​
> Tenured Associate Professor of Human ​​​​Resource Management,  Suliman. S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut​​

Module 2

Dr. Carmen Geha​
> Co-Principle Investigator on the SAWI Project
> Senior Migration Researcher and Lecturer, Pompeu Fabra University​

Module 2

Dr. Lama Moussawi​
> Associate Professor
> Director, Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership for Women
> Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut 

Module 3

Dr. Wassim Dbouk​
> Associate Professor of Finance
> Director of the Investment Management Program
> Founding Member, Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut
Module 3


إنّ أكثر المؤسّسات نجاحًا هي التي تبتكر، تتأقلم، وتتغيّر. فاليوم، وفي بيئة متشعّبة التّحدّيات، ومع ظهور التطورات  في مجال التكنولوجيا وفي اتجاهات السّوق العالميّة، تشهد أماكن العمل في مختلف أنحاء العالم تغيّرًا سريعًا. ولكن منطقتي الشرق الأوسط وشمال أفريقيا بحاجة إلى جهود مضاعفة لتأسيس إقتصاد متنوع القطاعات بشكل أكبر من أجل دعم النّمو الإستراتيجي والتّطوّر الإقليمي. وبعد مرور سنة 2020 بصخبها وضجيجها، يبقى تحقيق الالتزام بتطوير القطاعات الإقتصاديّة النّظاميّة في المنطقة مرتكزًا بشكل كبير على تأمين فرص عمل لائقة للمرأة. 

يركز البرنامج، وهو الأول من نوعه على الإستراتيجيّات الشّاملة لتوظيف المرأة واستبقائها وترقيتها في العمل​.​

 يتألف البرنامج من أربع وحدات تدريبيّة عبر الانترنت بحيث:

> توفّر ​الثلاثة الأولى للمشتركين نقاشات حسّيّة تنافسيّة، تليها خبرة عمليّة مباشرة للتّمكّن من وضع إستراتيجيّات محلّية تهدف إلى إزالة العوائق وتنفيذ إستراتيجيّات هادفة لبناء أماكن عمل شاملة. 

> أمّا الوحدة الرّابعة، قتتيح الفرصة للقاء فريق من الرّوّاد الأجلّاء في ميدان الإستراتيجيّات الشّاملة لمشاركة ومناقشة مبادرات دمج المرأة التي تم تطبيقها محلّيًّا.


GENERAL DISCLAIMER: The Policy Templates and materials related to the SAWI Project are intended to assist employers, HR managers, and other decision-makers as they strive to improve workplace policies and practices related to more inclusive recruitment, retention, and promotion (RRP) within their organization. While we have made every attempt to provide templates relating to HR policies that are accurate and draw from a broad range of regional and international standards, it is not possible to include the technical detailing nor the discussion of everything necessary to ensure a gender-inclusive RRP working environment in a presentation of this nature. Thus, the information provided by the SAWI Project, its staff, and partners must be understood as a tool for addressing workplace policies, rather than an exhaustive statement of an employer's legal obligations, which are defined by statute, regulations, and standards of their local industry standards, and national legislative landscape. Likewise, to the extent that this information references practices or procedures that may enhance inclusive RRP, but which are not required by a statute, regulation, or standard, it cannot, and does not, create additional legal obligations. Finally, over time, regulators may modify rules and interpretations in light of new technology, information, or circumstances; to keep apprised of such developments, or to review information on a wide range of inclusive HR topics. All information, toolkits, templates, and other related material under the SAWI project is provided therefore as a free of charge  guide, and is, therefore "as is" without warranty of any kind of risk.

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