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The Social Institutions and Gender Index is an innovative measure of underlying discrimination against women for over 100 countries. While other indices measure gender inequalities in outcomes such as education and employment, the SIGI helps policy-makers and researchers understand what drives these outcomes. The SIGI captures and quantifies discriminatory social institutions - these include among others, early marriage, discriminatory inheritance practices, violence against women, son bias, restrictions on access to public space and restricted access to productive resources.


The Foundation considers education a crucial part of the development of human capital, Lebanon's number one resource. It believes that all people have the right to access education and knowledge.


Supporting public schools, universities and vocational institutes;

Strengthening the capacities of young people-empowering them to raise issues that concern them; and

Contributing to developing a vision for the education sector, linked to the job market.


Webpage: BPW-A is a dynamic business association of dedicated female professionals in Jordan.
BPW-A works to increase women's economic participation in Jordan by:
Harnessing the underutilized economic and social capabilities of Jordanian women by utilizing the experience of its accomplished members, its resources and its networks.
Providing effective services in response to the needs of its members, female professionals and business owners.
BPW-A's focus is to identify and communicate the productive, independent role of women in Arab and Islamic society. BPWA provides a platform for its members and aspiring women to encourage and facilitate change and create a proactive societal role.


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AIPBW is a non–profit international network that unites, supports and promotes professional women in Norway. It was chartered in 1994 by a group of women with international backgrounds living in Oslo, Norway. In its second decade, AIPBW has approximately 125 members from more than 30 different countries.
Members are well–educated women representing many different professions. These include fields as diverse as communications, education, engineering, environmental sciences, finance, journalism, law, linguistics, marketing, medicine, psychology and the arts.
Our group is one of 18 networks across Europe comprising the European Professional Women's Network, a Pan–European professional organization with more than 3,000 members devoted to women's career development, entrepreneurship, networking and mentoring.


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Overall, economic opportunities for women still lag those of men. Women, on average, earn 75 percent of their male co-workers' wages, and the difference cannot be explained solely by schooling or experience. In many countries, women have fewer educational and employment opportunities than men, are more often denied credit, and endure social restrictions that limit their chances for advancement. In some developing countries women still cannot vote, own property or venture outside the home without a male family member. A wide range of metrics have been developed to gauge the opportunity and treatment afforded women around the world.


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Established in 1990 by Mrs. Lorinda de Roulet, The Patrina Foundation is a family foundation, spanning three generations.
The Foundation's mission: Improving the lives of girls and women. To fulfill its mission, the Patrina Foundation supports social and educational nonprofit programming designed to meet the unique needs of girls and women in the greater New York Metropolitan area.
Since inception, the Foundation has made grants in excess of $7 million to roughly 350 organizations.


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The Women's Human Rights Institutes help participants develop a practical understanding of the UN Human Rights system and learn how to apply a women's human rights framework to a multiplicity of issues. Participants will develop practical facilitation skills to help them become human rights educators in their own regions and organizations.


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Rural Women's Network Nepal (RUWON Nepal) is an autonomous non- governmental social organization actively initiated by well known personalities for decades in the fields of women's, youths and children's rights and social justice in Nepal. It was registered in the district administration office, Sindhuli, non-governmental organizations Federation Nepal and Internal Revenue office, Janakpur, in 2007. It has undertaken affiliation from Social Welfare Council, Nepal. Though RUWON is a young organization, it has already implemented a number of projects in different parts of the country. We work mainly in Kathmandu Valley and in Sindhuli district, in the eastern part of Nepal.
RUWON Nepal supports women from exclude d and marginalized communities and disadvantaged regions so as to achieve sustainable and equitable development through social inclusion, advocacy and empowerment mechanism. It works in an environmentally sensitive manner through a demand driven and participatory approach to local resource use. Further, RUWON works for the rights of children and youth. Through awareness and capacity building, and by creating forums for discussion, it encourages youth to actively be a part of the development of the country. Sustainable peace and democracy are central parts in RUWONS programs.

Nasawiya (Websites)

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Nasawiya is a collective of feminist activists. What does that mean? Well, two things:

By feminists, we mean individuals who are committed to gender justice and equality. There is no one-size-fits-all feminism, but our collective has come up with a set of basic values that we all agree upon. Some people identify with the term “feminist” very strongly politically or personally. Others refuse to call themselves feminist and still have a lot of passion and commitment for women's issues and struggles. Nasawiyas apply feminist analysis to their social justice work, meaning that they always have an eye on gender dynamics and oppression within social and political struggle, address the systematic structural problems rather than the symptoms, and place women's experiences and voices as central to any solutions and activist work. Feminism is a learning process for all of us and we are continuously figuring things out by listening to each other, challenging our opinions, and reflecting critically on our work and our theories of social change.

By activists, we mean individuals actively involved in gender justice work. Some Nasawiyas work full-time in women's rights; others volunteer a few hours a month. Some are students and some are professionals in different fields. All of us are activists in different capacities, whether by leading our own feminist projects or by discussing gender with our friends and communities. In our jobs, classes, homes, and daily lives, we advocate for equality and social change.

At Nasawiya, we do not have a traditional NGO structure of boards, staff, and volunteers. We are a member-driven collective where everyone is equal and in support of each other's activism. We believe that we are stronger together.



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