American University of Beirut

SAWI's Four-Year Journey to Crafting the MENA Women's Inclusion Indices

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The SAWI (Support and Accelerate Women's Inclusion) Project is proud to announce its upcoming event, a significant milestone in assessing and advancing inclusive human resource policies and practices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.


​Following the 2021 original INDEX ​release, SAWI will unveil the key findings relating to women's inclusion in workplaces across the MENA. This marks the culmination of four years of rigorous research and co-creation, capturing the progress and challenges in the Recruitment, Retention, and Promotion (RRP) of women in the formal economies of the region.

At the core of this event are the findings from the KIP Index and the Lived Experience Index  – offering a comprehensive look into employer policies and women's workplace experiences in the MENA region. SAWI, alongside local partners, have undertaken a vast data collection process, involving over 3000 employer surveys and nearly 1000 structured interviews with working women. Taken together, the two indices have provided a unique sector-based picture of women's workplace experiences and women-inclusive HR structures in the MENA.

The event will spotlight the perspectives of both women and employers in the MENA region, including Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Libya, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Kuwait, and covering four sectors: Higher Education, Healthcare, Banking, and STEM. This interdisciplinary, multi-country, multi-sector, multi-lingual, and multi-generational project aims to present a nuanced picture of the current workplace realities.

Join us at this upcoming SAWI event where we'll unveil eye-opening insights from the indices! This isn't just about statistics – it's a movement. We'll be diving into the latest trends and groundbreaking strategies that are shaping the future of women's roles in the MENA region. But it doesn't end there. We'll wrap up with a powerful call to action, challenging each of us to adopt more inclusive HR practices. Be a part of the change that transforms how women are recruited, retained, and promoted in the region. Your presence could make all the difference!

This is an opportunity to work collectively towards identifying existing policy gaps and taking actionable recommendations towards inclusion, offering a roadmap for organizations and policymakers to foster more equitable and inclusive workplaces.


OBJECTIVES


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PROGRAMS DETAILS

  • Format: Virtual Zoom event.
  • Language: English with simultaneous interpretation to Arabic and French.
  • Livestreamed: SAWI's YouTube channel.

The sessions will include interactive presentations and Sector-based breakout sessions, poll questions, and a Q&A session at the end. 

ATTENDANCE-CERTIFICATE

Participants who attend both days will receive a certificate of attendance.​


AGENDA 

Click here to check the events's program. ​

WATCH THE EVENTS 







SPEAKERS

​​KIP Index Event



Dr. Charlotte Karam

Primary Investigator, SAWI project
Professor and Ian Telfer Professorship in Inclusive Human Resource Systems
Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa  
Adjunct Professor, American University of Beirut (AUB)


Dr. Lina Daouk-Öyry

Co-Primary Investigator​, SAWI project
Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology, BI Norwegian Business School
Adjunct professor at the American University of Beirut​
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Dr. Rita Stephan

Senior Advisor
Office of Management Strategy and Solutions
US Dept of State



Dr. Carmen Geha

Co-Primary Investigator, SAWI project
S
enior Researcher in Migration and Gender, Pompeu Fabra University 

Founder and Managing Director, Soltara Consulting


Lived Experience Event


Dr. Charlotte Karam

Investigator, SAWI project
Professor and Ian Telfer Professorship in Inclusive Human Resource Systems
Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa  
Adjunct Professor, American University of Beirut (AUB) ​



Dr. Fida Afiouni

Co-Primary Investigator, SAWI project
Associate Professor of HRM, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business
Associate Provost, American University of Beirut


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Dr. Yasmeen Makarem

Co-Primary Investigator, SAWI project
Assistant​ Professor, Human Resource Development, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut​



Dr. Lynn Monzer​

Associate Director, Atlantic Council
Gender Equality and Global Impact Professional 
Global Fellow at The Wilson Center | MEPC 40 under 40
Washington, DC




Dr. Ca​rmen Geha

Co-Primary Investigator​, SAWI project
Senior Researcher in Migration and Gender, Pompeu Fabra University 
Founder and Managing Director, Soltara Consulting

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COUNTRY PARTNERS FOR BOTH WAVES OF DATA COLLECTION 



COUNTRY PARTNERS CONTACT DETAILS


​KIP INDEX
COUNTRY​
​CP NAME
​DETAILS INFORMATION
EMAIL
Jordan
​SHRAKAT for Business Development
& Management Consulting​
  • ​Website: https://shrakatconsulting.com​
  • Cell phone: 00962 79 686 11 46 ​
  • Land Line: 00962 06 5561222 – 118 
  • Address: 118, 119, & 120-  2nd Floor, Makkah Street, Balsan Building​
  • ​info@shrakatconsulting.com​​
​​LIVED EXPERIENCE INDEX
​COUNTRY
CP NAME​
​CONTACT PERSON
​EMAIL                                       
Morocco
​HEM: Institut des Hautes Etudes de Management ​
  • ​Manal Al Abboubi
  • ​manal.el​abboubi@gmail.com
Lebanon
​Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB) 
  • ​Nisreen Deeb​
  • Lewaa Azzam​

  • ​nisreen.deeb@llwb.org​
  • lewaa.azzam@llwb.org 

Jordan
​Business and Professional Women Association (BPWA) 
  • ​Thanaa Al Khasawneh​
  • Eman Suleiman​
  • Tala Habashneh

  • ​bpwadirector@bpwa-amman.org​
  • ProjectCoordinator1@bpwa-amman.org​
  • Tala.Habashneh@bpwa-amman.org 
Bahrain
​Warsha Consultancy and Development
  • ​Sabeeka Al Shamlan
  • ​sabeeka@warsha-me.com​

Algeria
​APOTHEOX BUSINESS SERVICES 
  • ​Amel Belaid
  • ​amelbelaid.ab@gmail.com

Tunisia
​Center Democracy For All  
  • ​Amira Marzouk​
  • ​marzouk_amira@yahoo.fr​
Iraq
​Women Empowerment Organization (WEO)​
  • ​​Dastan Qader​
  • ​dastan.qader@weoiraq.org ​


For more information, send your inquiries to sawi@aub.edu.lb






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