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Middle East and North Africa: Assessing Gender Inequality in MENA Region

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Situational Analysis of Women and Girls in the Middle East and North Africa Region (Phase 3)

2019 - 2022
Client: UNICEF
Implemented by: IMC US
CHALLENGE

Women and girls in the Middle East and North Africa face inequality in humanitarian and development settings. Gender-related data and analysis on these issues is often insufficient.

APPROACH

IMC US conducted a study to provide a comprehensive picture of the life journey of girls and womens inequality in both humanitarian and development settings across the region, as well as existing gaps in gender-related data. The research also assessed the nexus of development-humanitarian action, particularly in terms of improving the rights and meeting the needs of women and girls. The research is framed around a conceptual framework that supports a rights-based approach to issues and allows for the intersection and integration of cross-cutting issues such as age, conflict, and wealth both within and across four pillars: Health and Wellbeing, Learning and Livelihoods, Freedom from Violence and Access to Justice, and Participation and Leadership.

IMC’s research consisted of three rounds of desk review, analyses of statistical databases and indices, and engagements with the reference group. The team also conducted primary data collection in selected countries in the region with the goal of addressing gaps in data or specific issues as identified in previous phases of the research. Countries of included in this study are Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.

OUR GOALS AND RESULTS

Goals included:

  • Provided five country situational analyses and seven policy briefs based on desk review of quantitative and qualitative data available from a wide variety of online data sources related to Middle East and North African countries including Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and Tunisia and specific policy areas (peacebuilding, disability, social protection, mental health, food security, private sector, climate change).
  • These briefs will support: implementing advocacy for the rights and needs of women and girls in the region, monitoring on Sustainable Development Goal indicators, and improving evidence-based programming that responds to the needs of women and girls in humanitarian and development settings.

Human Development

Gender and Social Inclusion
Education and Employment
Health and Nutrition