What We Do
Women are often the strongest advocates for positive political, economic, educational, legal, and social progress throughout the MENA region. MEPI provides assistance that is customized and relevant to the needs of women within four key areas: social and civic engagement; women in politics; economic empowerment; and supporting women in the law.
Social and Civic Engagement
Civic education projects and training in leadership and advocacy strategies give women the skills and confidence to act on behalf of their own communities and to play an active role in society and politics. MEPI focuses on increasing the role and profile of women in shaping communities through projects that help broaden women’s civic engagement.
Women in Politics
While the past decade has seen the expansion of women’s suffrage and a doubling of the number of women elected to office region-wide, the level of women’s political and civic engagement in the MENA region continues to be the lowest in the world. MEPI supports projects to increase the level of women’s participation in building pluralistic societies through projects that train women to run for office, advance their leadership skills, and help them advocate for legislation that promotes women’s rights in their home countries.
Supporting Women in the Law
Women lawyers can be powerful advocates for women’s equality and advancement. MEPI supports the professional development of young female legal practitioners in the region to engage in critical family, criminal, commercial, and international law issues. MEPI also works with activists and government officials to push for laws and amendments that respect women as equal members of society.
Women’s access to economic opportunities is crucial to the region’s economic growth. MEPI supports projects that enhance women’s marketable skills and expand women’s participation in the region’s economy.
* For information on successful MEPI grants in the Arabian Peninsula Region, please visit MEPI success stories.