SCEME (Social Change through Education in the Middle East), London, UK and Middle East

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SCEME (Social Change through Education in the Middle East), London, UK and Middle East
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Country: United Kingdom
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Location coordinates: 51° 31' 0" N, 0° 9' 23" W
Executive Director: Iman Abou-Atta
Contact number: 0044 (0) 208 144 8629
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Target: Girls and Women
Organization type: International NGO (operating in multiple countries)
Operates in the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia
Sectors: Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Economic Empowerment, Education, Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, Female Genital Mutilation, Gender Discrimination, HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, Immigration/Migration, Legal Rights, Political Participation/Governance, Poverty Alleviation, Public Policy, Refugees, Reproductive Health, Reproductive Rights, Trafficking, Violence Against Women


A not-for profit organisation which supports the rights and civil liberties of women and their children in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) through education and anti-trafficking campaigns



To create gender equality and empower women and their children in MENA to become active citizens of the world.


Promote policy changes and social policy development through developing platforms which support dialogue, engagement and equality throughout MENA.

Support the rights and civil liberties of women and children by disseminating information and good practice.


The Karamatuna Programme

The Karamatuna (Our Dignity) campaign seeks to spread awareness about female sex trafficking and sexual gender based violence which is a universal struggle amongst women across MENA and globally. This programme focuses most closely on the trafficking of young Iraqi women for the purposes of sexual exploitation across the Middle East.


SCEME, through the Future Visions Charitable Trust, supports micro finance programmes for women in the West Bank.

The Future Visions Charitable Trust has provided micro-finance interventions in the West Bank to Palestinian women who do not have access to finance. The Future Visions Charitable Trust provides micro and small loans so that Palestinian women can purchase capital items for mainly home based businesses.

Further Activities

SCEME delivers training and workshops on gender issues in the Middle East and to UK organisations working in the Middle East.

Training and workshops aim to:

  • Raise awareness around the causes of trafficking, situations which make communities and countries susceptible to women’s trafficking, and the impact of women’s trafficking on communities.
  • Provide the appropriate tools for empowerment to women’s groups in the Middle East
  • Train staff to adopt a cultural sensitive approach when working with the Middle East

Topics include:

  • Understanding international conventions protecting women’s rights globally
  • Empowerment and leadership skills
  • Parental education
  • How to address gender issues in the Middle East

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