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

The SAWT project is funded by the European Commission (EC) with the Arab Reform Initiative (ARI) as the lead partner and implemented through a consortium of partners consisting of the Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership for Women (CIBLW) in Lebanon with a regional scope, the Iraqi Al-Amal Association in IraqTogether We Build It in Libya, the Culture and Free Thought Association in PalestineCitizenship League for Syria, and the Sana'a Cent​er for Strategic Studies in Yemen.


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.


  • Principal Investigator and Project Director: Dr. Carmen Geha
  • Project Advisor: Dr. Charlotte Karam
  • Senior Program Manager and Research Affiliate at CIBL: Sarine Karajerjian
  • Fellowship Coordinator: Sandy Haddad​

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