Women in the region face structural barriers at the workplace. These barriers manifest in the weak policies for women's recruitment, retention, and promotion. Women get turned down from positions they aspire for or may not even apply at all to jobs in male dominated professions. Working women also tend to hold on to their jobs but retention is not equated with workplace wellbeing and work-life balance. Women also are barely represented in senior and decision-making positions. We know these facts and we measured them in the KIP Index using surveys from employers, we also captured women's voices and perceptions in the Lived Experience Index.
Women should not bear the burdens on their own. Employers and Human Resource managers can play a role in facilitating women's access to jobs they deserve, improve workplace wellbeing, and increase women's rates of promotion to top positions.
SAWI Project, which stands for “Support and Accelerate Women's Inclusion", has established a transnational network of employers to develop, improve, and implement inclusive policies and practices for better recruitment, retention, and promotion of women. Together with our partners, we will work towards national action plans for the dignified and sustainable inclusion of women in formal economies across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
SAWI is operating in Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. Against all odds, our network of trailblazing employers are championing inclusive policies.
Women's dignified careers and workplace wellbeing is important for economic growth, social development, and women's lives. Join us, in refusing to sit and wait, our multi-stakeholder partnerships and evidence-based approaches can successfully accelerate women's inclusion.
> Inclusive strategies for Recruitment, Retention, and Promotion (RRP) of women in the MENA region.
> Gender Lens Investing (GLI) an approach to investing that targets and improves investment processes and structures in order to advance women's inclusion in the workforce.
To accelerate SAWI's pace of change, we will:
> Work with a multi-disciplinary team of activists, scholars, and professionals to develop inclusive recruitment, retention and promotion policies
> Learn and interact with our Country Partners who are building networks, collecting data, and reaching out to decision-makers.
> Contribute to shaping the region's first ever eco-system on Gender-Lens Investing.
> Learn how to apply the recommendations from the KIP index and Lived Experiences index in your organization
> Join a growing network of employers and decision-makers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors leading inclusive policy change in the region
Commemorating 2021 International Women's Day by chosing to challenge the barriers to women's dignified economic participation.
Maternity and Paternity at Work
Recognizing with gratitude on the 2021 Mother's Day the unpaid carework done disproportionately by mothers around the world. A video was launched on social media as a call for employers across the region to adopt parental leaves and support a world where carework is valued and supported as work for all genders.
Labor Laws campaign
To mark 2021 Labor Day, a labor law campaign was implemented focusing on the larger strides needed to ensure equitable recruitment, retention & promotion of women in the labor force in the region, despite some amendments introduced in labor laws to enhance women’s economic participation in the MENA.
The SAWI project was made possible through generous funding of the US State Department and the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).
Our milestones have been made possible thanks to the partners we have worked with in eight countries (Algeria, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia). These partnerships are critical to the building and delivery of an inclusive culture in the region.
This project is led by:
Dr. Charlotte Karam Ph.D. - Director of International Partnerships, and Founding Director (2018-2021), CIBL for Women and Adjunct Professor | Endowed Professor in Inclusive Systems, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa.
Dr. Lama Moussawi Ph.D. - CIBL Director, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, Tenured Associate Professor of Management Science.
Dr. Carmen Geha Ph.D. - CIBL Co-founder, Associate Professor of Public Administration.
Dr. Wassim Dbouk Ph.D. - CIBL Co-founder, Associate Professor of Finance, Director of the Investment Management Program at OSB.