American Univesity of Beirut

Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership for Women

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About the Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership (CIBL) for Women 

The Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership (CIBL) for Women is a transdisciplinary regional driving force, committed to advancing inclusive workplace policies for women's dignified economic participation across the Arab Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Founded in 2019, CIBL for Women seeks to work with employers in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to create inclusive and empowering workspaces and give a greater share of voice and the agenda for women throughout their careers. Concurrently, CIBL for Women is a catalyst for policy and structural change, building on extensive and essential regional research and analysis through multi-stakeholder partnerships, with employers in private, public and nonprofit sectors across the region.   ​

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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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