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).
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.