American Univesity of Beirut

Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership for Women

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A Message from CIBL for Women's Co-Founders​

The Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership (CIBL) for Women is a multidisciplinary and multisector team of researchers and practitioners dedicated to inclusive workplace practices and policies for women's economic participation across the Arab Middle East and North Africa (MENA). We work with a transnational network of businesses, CSOs, INGOs, experts, academics, and activists working in and across the Arab MENA.

Founded in 2019 but building on decades of activist-scholarship, CIBL for Women partners with decision-makers and employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to create inclusive and empowering HR systems. Our mission is to give women's work experiences greater value and influence in the design of programs, initiatives and policies that affect their lives, careers and wellbeing.

In partnership with our team and international network, CIBL for Women is a catalyst for structural change. Building on extensive regional research, practices, and analysis, we co-design effective change initiatives, build the capacity of decision makers, and mobilize collectively to overcome the multitude of barriers to women's dignified recruitment, retention, and promotion.​

Founding Director Dr. Charlotte Karam and Co-Founders Dr. Fida Afiouni, Dr. Carmen Geha, Dr. Lama Moussawi, Dr. Wassim Dbouk

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The KIP Index​

Launching in Q1, 2021

The KIP Index is the first comprehensive compilation of indicators on the recruitment, retention and promotion of women, in formal sector companies across the Arab MENA region. The pioneering initiative by the Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership for Women (CIBL for Women), tracks employer practices and women's lived experiences in 11 countries, in order to provide insightful and concrete data about the participation in, and challenges faced by, women in the workplace.​

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About the SAWI Project initiative

Launching in February, 2021

The Support to Accelerate Women's Inclusion (SAWI)​ was launched by the Center for Inclusive Business Leadership for Women (CIBL for Women) in 2020. The ultimate aim of the initiative is to enhance women's economic inclusion in Arab MENA economies, by devising, implementing and monitoring sustainable and responsible strategies, and engaging key gatekeepers (formal sector businesses and government agencies). The initiative is based on five main pillars which aim to foster inclusive workplaces, increase the number of women in decision-making, and provide economic stakeholders with tools and policies to empower women.​

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 Facts & Figures


157 years​

At the current rate of progress, the MENA region will reach gender parity in 157 years (World Bank)


USD 55.3 t​​rillion

If the gender gap is narrowed by just 25% - toward gender parity - then global GDP would increase by USD55.3 trillion by 2025 (ILO)



Currently the share of the region's GDP output generated by women is only 18%, compared to 40% in other parts of the world.​​​​​​

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