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SAWI Regional Roadmap for Workplace Inclusion

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​General Info

The Center for Inclusive Business and Leadership (CIBL) for Women at the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut would like to invite you to the closing online event of the SAWI Project (Support and Accelerate Women’s Inclusion), to mark the progress to date on the Women’s Economic Empowerment Project – The SAWI Project, funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative at the U.S. Department of State.

Women’s economic participation rates in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) continue to be the lowest across the world. Efforts to augment formal, dignified work opportunities in the region are crucial, and our experience over the last two years has revealed positive momentum in this regard. Working closely with our partners across eight countries and four sectors have provided ample evidence that ​change toward more inclusive human resource policies and practices is possible when we work together.

To learn more about this multi-stakeholder, multi-country, multi-sector work, please join us for the SAWI Regional Roadmap for Workplace Inclusion Online Event

Date & Time

May 31st, 2022 | 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. (Beirut Time) or 8:00 – 11:30 a.m. (EST)


Online ZOOM event

The SAWI event will officially launch the network of trailblazing employers who have been drafting and adopting more inclusive policies for the recruitment, retention, and promotion of women in MENA workplaces. We will also showcase the accomplishments by SAWI partners across the 8 countries.​ We invite you to join the conversation and the network, and to take action for inclusive human resource systems in the region.

SAWI is a milestone project by CIBL for Women to Support and Accelerate Women’s Inclusion in eight countries (Algeria, Bahrain, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia). SAWI has partnered with employers in the sectors of healthcare, education, STEM, and banking for women’s inclusion. SAWI was made possible by generous funding from the US State Department’s MEPI program, and in partnership with our regional team: Apotheox, BPWA, Democracy for All, Economia HEM, LLWB, Warsha and WEOIraq.

Format of the Event

The event will be held online via the zoom platform. The link will be provided at a later stage upon registration. The event will be also livestreamed on CIBL for Women Facebook page​.​


English with simultaneous interpretation to Arabic and French.

Why are you joining?

The SAWI event is open to the public and brings together representatives from our country partners, the network of pioneer employers who have joined our efforts, and inclusion focal points. You are joining because your experience and expertise can help drive forward the role of employers in changing policies.


  • The role of business schools in accelerating women’s inclusion
  • CIBL leading structural change in the region
  • Creating Knowledge to address the data deficit
  • Participatory action and policy change amidst crises
  • CIBL roadmap for inclusive policies
  • Gender-lens investing: finance for social change
  • Inclusive policies as mechanisms for achieving ESG 
  • Anchored in OSB and MENA but with an eye on the world​