Danielle Mattar works as a Research Assistant on the SAWI project at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Danielle holds a master's degree in general psychology from the American University of Beirut, and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the Lebanese American University. She is specifically experienced in and passionate about women’s rights and empowerment in the MENA region. Her thesis was a major milestone in her research journey on gender inequality, focusing particularly on the pressure to conform to feminine standards and internalized benevolent sexism among women in Lebanon.
In her current role at SAWI, Danielle is working on Crises-Informed RRP (i.e., Recruitment, Retention, Promotion) policies with MENA employers. Her work is mainly focused on better understanding the nature, scale and impact of oppression faced by women employees in times of crises in terms of recruitment, retention, and promotion. Additionally, she works on highlighting the contribution of drafted crises-related policies to the improvement of women’s RRP in terms of well-being and security in the formal sector across the 8 MENA countries.