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Feasibility Study for a Broader Middle East and North Africa Gender Institute

15 October 2009

This is a feasibility report based on data collected in two civil society symposia in Istanbul and two regional civil society workshops in Amman and Algiers. The report is further based upon a collected set of interviews with regional stakeholders, conducted by the TESEV Foreign Policy Program between 2005 and 2009. The report, consisting of four main sections, recommends the establishment of a regional institute to work on issues related to the empowerment of women in the Broader Middle East and North Africa region (BMENA).

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The objective of this report is to receive official recognition and support for the establishment of a gender institute in the BMENA region in the Forum for Future meeting which will be held in Rabat on 2-3 November 2009. The founding of such an institute will render the establishment of the first civil society-initiated project within the purviews of the Forum for Future series, as well as initiating progress on pressing issues related to the empowerment of women in the region.

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