Feminist Critique of Neoliberalism in the MENA region

This publication looks at the gendered outcomes of the adoption of neoliberal policies across counties in the Middle East and North Africa and explores what a feminist economic strategy could look like in the region.


Feminist Perspectives on the Green Economy in the MENA Region

Research shows that the transition to a green economy will boost job creation; the global net job creation, considering losses from traditional energy sectors, will amount to 24 million jobs according to the ILO.


Feminist Perspectives on Care Work in the MENA Region

Since the emergence of capitalism, the care work performed by women has been a pillar that holds the world economy up.


Feminist Visions of the Future of Work - Middle East and North Africa

Tackling the issue of work has never been easy and is getting more complex as our world is getting more complicated every day. The factors that influence and drive our thinking about work are sometimes universal, yet those which influence the way we work are culture-, region-, and/or gender-specific. Changing political, economic, and technological structures also shape the nature of work and its evolution.


Family Law in the MENA Region

This study seeks to shed light on the personal status laws in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria and Tunisia. Each article looks at the origins of the law as well as recent reforms and the affect they have on citizens in general and women in particular. Each article attempts to illuminate the current debates within society and among feminists on family law, proposed reforms and where the government or different (religious) interest groups stand on the issue.


One year after the Re-Imposition of Sanctions - Perspectives on the strategic implications of the US “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran

The present FES Analysis attempts to contribute to bringing together a distinguished group of experts, its ambition is to discuss the long-term ramifications of the “maximum pressure” campaign. Over five chapters, Iran’s domestic situation, economy and policy towards the Middle East are studied, alongside a discussion of US policy towards Iran and European–Iranian relations.


Gender in public transportation

Despite many challenges facing women in Jordan, the incapacitated public transportation system stifles their economic empowerment, as this sector has not been studied from a gender perspective. This report examines structural and behavioral gender issues and practices facing women commuters on public transportation. The main objective of this part of the report is to identify best global practices, while also considering key factors such as punctuality, availability, routing, safety, affordability, and user-friendliness, in order to generate gender-specific solutions. The report also studies how public transportation constrains access to work, education, health, social services, and other governorates in Jordan. Furthermore, the report describes women's travel patterns not only in Amman, but also in other cities by documenting their practices and experiences. These experiences include accessibility, mobility, time spent on buses, cost in relation to income, familial and societal outlook of female commuters, comfort level using public transportation, dress code, preferred method of transportation, interactions at bus stops and depots, and interactions or relations with other public transportation users and bus/taxi drivers. This study is the first of its kind in underscoring this pressing issue aimed at providing information to policy makers, civil society organizations, women's groups, and stakeholders in Jordan. Furthermore, the study seeks to help advocacy groups and community-led campaigns by contributing to public discourse and amplifying women's voices in transportation planning and practices. The findings will serve to make women's transportation a public issue worthy of attention, discussion, and action through the adoption of gender-sensitive transport strategies. ...


Reclaiming Home

The destruction of civilian homes and shelters in conflict areas has devastating long-term consequences far beyond the end of the violence itself, and often impacts the already vulnerable the most. A new study by the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung examines the issue through recent cases in the Middle East and North Africa.


Hassan Rohanis Drahtseilakt

Ein Jahr nach Beginn seiner zweiten Amtszeit steht Irans Präsident Hassan Rohani

am Scheideweg. Seine bedeutendste politische Errungenschaft, die Wiener Atomvereinbarung

aus dem Sommer 2015, droht zu zerfallen, das Vertrauen in seine

wirtschaftspolitische Kompetenz ist gesunken und der innenpolitische Machtkampf

spitzt sich zu.


Better Together

The E3 – comprising France, Germany, and the UK – has become a cornerstone of international

diplomacy towards Iran. In 2003, the E3 initiated negotiations with Tehran

to address the crisis over the Iranian nuclear issue, and was subsequently joined by

the EU, as well as world powers China, Russia, and the US (altogether forming the E3/

EU+3). After years of nuclear diplomacy and international sanctions, the Iran nuclear

deal – the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – was concluded in

July 2015. The E3 enabled the EU to play a fundamental role in a major political issue,

thus also triggering the support for the initiative by non-E3 countries within the EU.



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About FES 

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung has a network of eleven country offices in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and implements projects in a total of 14 countries. Some offices, such as Egypt or Sudan, look back at a history of more than 40 years of cooperation.

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A webinar on "Care Roles in Arab Media"

Under its regional Political Feminism project, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is honored to invite you to a webinar on “Care Roles in Arab Media”...


Disrupted: How COVID-19 is affecting societies across the MENA region

The COVID-19 pandemic will become the defining event of this decade.