Map and analyse the international/cross-country women’s networks across the Middle East and North Africa.
- There is a large number of women’s networks in the region, ranging in
size and influence.
- Grassroots networks exist alongside high-level political and policy
- Most are focused on women-only activities.
- The key areas of activity are: improving women’s entrepreneurship and
developing women as business owners and business leaders;
peacebuilding; reducing violence against women. There is a reasonable
amount of work on women’s political participation, but not to the
extent of the other areas.
- Mentoring and face-to-face networking are the most commonly used
strategies. Most networks state the value of communicating with other
women in similar positions. Therefore, conferences and events are the
most common activities.
Browne, E. Women’s networks in MENA (GSDRC Helpdesk Research Report 1205). Governance and Social Development Resource Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK (2015) 18 pp.