Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW), Beirut, Lebanon
|Institute for Women's Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW), Beirut, Lebanon|
|Street address:||Lebanese American University
P.O.Box: 13-5053, Chouran Beirut: 1102 2801, Lebanon
|Location coordinates:||33° 53' 33" N, 35° 30' 40" E|
|Executive Director:||Dima Dabbous-Sensenig, Ph.D.|
|Organization type:||National NGO (operating countrywide or advocating at the national level)|
|Sectors:||Public Policy, Political Participation/Governance, Media/Journalism, Leadership, Legal Rights|
The Lebanese American University founded the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW) in 1973.
The history of the Institute is closely linked to that of the first women’s college in the Middle East, the America Junior College for Women, which was established in 1924 by the Presbyterian Mission. The College, which educated Middle Eastern women for half a century, became coed in 1973. In order to honor the college’s unique heritage as the first educational institution for women in the region, the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World was established that same year.
Serve as a catalyst for policy changes regarding the rights of women in the Arab world. Engage in academic research on women in the Arab world. Empower women in the Arab world through development programs and education. Facilitate networking and communication among individuals, groups and institutions concerned with women in the Arab world.