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THE SAWT PROJECT

SAWT (Voice in Arabic) stands for Supporting Arab Women at the Table

The SAWT project is funded by the European Union (EU) with the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) as the lead partner and implemented through a consortium of partners consisting of AUB ​with a regional scope, the Ira​qi Al-Amal Association in IraqTogether We Build It in Libya, the Culture and Free Thought Association in Palestine, and the Sana'a Cent​er for Strategic Studies in Yemen.

OVERALL OBJECTIVE

The project aims at: 

  • ​Quantitatively and qualitatively increasing women's meaningful inclusion in peace processes in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
  • Improving women's ability to influence outcomes and establish post-conflict gender-egalitarian frameworks.
Reinforcing UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and widening its reach, SAWT will facilitate the effective participation of emerging MENA women leaders and grassroots activists in political spheres.  It will also build their capacity and ensure their voices are heard through national, regional and international platforms for knowledge sharing, evidence-based advocacy and policy- making. Thus, enabling an inclusive women-owned homegrown approach and vision for what a feminist peace looks like.​

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