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Support and Accelerate Women’s Inclusion (SAWI)

Support and Accelerate Women’s Inclusion (SAWI)


SAWI (Support and Accelerate Women’s Inclusion) is a dynamic, interdisciplinary movement that brings together businesses, universities, and civil society organizations across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). SAWI turns inclusion into a reality by translating regional research into tangible policies that benefit working women in the formal economies of the MENA region. We envision a future where every woman has access to dignified career opportunities with equitable benefits and support. Achieving this vision requires employers to reform exclusionary and discriminatory policies and practices. Our goal is to work directly with decision-makers and managers to facilitate inclusion for all individuals, regardless of their background, to have dignified, meaningful, and rewarding careers, thereby building sustainable futures in the region. Our pillars include participatory and action-oriented research, skill-building and partnerships, co-creation of strategies, mobilization for inclusion, knowledge transfer, and global networks.

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  • Daouk-Öyry, Lina; Geha, Carmen; Meouchy, Axelle; Karam, Charlotte (Support and Accelerate Women's Inclusion (SAWI), 2024)
    Understanding the prospects of enacting and implementing Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) legislation in eight MENA countries—Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia—is crucial. This report ...
  • Daouk-Oyry, Lina; Geha, Carmen; Meouchy, Axelle; Karam, Charlotte; Hazzouri, Samira (Support and Accelerate Women's Inclusion (SAWI), 2024)
    Persistent economic disparities and workplace inequality globally, especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, are highlighted in the executive summary. It underscores significant progress made over the ...
  • Dbouk, Wassim; Saad, Elissar; Ayache, Ghadi; Karam, Charlotte (American University of Beirut Support and Accelerate Women's Inclusion, 2023)
    This desk review examines the impact of crises on women’s recruitment, retention, and promotion in organizations across the MENA region, highlighting the need for strategic HR practices to address gender inequalities. It ...
  • Makarem, Yasmeen; Mattar, Danielle; Karam, Charlotte; Hamandi, Fatima; Hazzouri, Samira (2023)
    Crises, ranging from natural disasters to economic downturns, have profound impacts on organizations and exacerbate existing inequalities, particularly affecting women. Women face greater job losses, increased caregiving ...