Civil Society Organizations
Civil Society Organizations: The Advocates of Reform and Change
This directory of civil society organizations is in recognition of how active civil societies are in the Arab countries. The directory is also a testament to the power these organizations have in influencing individual and community action within their societies.
These organizations can and do initiate change within their societies and their countries especially when they collaborate with other organizations to form powerful coalitions with clear objectives towards clear goals. These organizations also collaborate with national and international partners to achieve the reforms and changes they are aiming at.
Civil society organizations play a crucial role within their countries because they can and do lead grass-roots initiatives and advocate for an agenda that advances the roles of women and men. They can form networks and action groups to promote equality between women and men, girls and boys. They are the voice and the advocates that significantly contribute to changing laws in favor of equality, and support leaders of all sectors who are working to advance equality.
Silatech is an international social development nonprofit, non-government organization that works on connecting youth to jobs and provide resources for them to establish and sustain successful enterprises.
Queen Rania Foundation
From its founding in 2013 by Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan, the Queen Rania Foundation (QRF) has aimed to be the premier resource on educational issues in Jordan and around the Arab world.
Soroptimist International Kuwait
Soroptimist Kuwait was formed in 2015. It is affiliated with Soroptimist International (SI), a global Non Governmental Organization of professional women who volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment all over…
Women Mentor Forum
The Women Mentor Forum (WMF) is a Kuwait-based project with a vision to support the economy by increasing the numbers of women executives and women entrepreneurs. They aim to achieve their mission through creating development, mentorship and networking opportunities for women…
Women’s Cultural and Social Society
The Women's Cultural and Social Society (WCSS) is the first women's NGO in Kuwait, and was established on February 3, 1963. In December 2003, the United Nations awarded WCSS the consultative status of a special category with the UN's Economic and Social Council…
ABAAD– Resource Center for Gender Equality is a UN ECOSOC accredited organization that aims to achieve gender equality as an essential condition to sustainable social and economic development in the MENA region. ABAAD advocates for the development and implementation of…
Arab Institute for Women
The Arab Institute for Women (AiW), formerly known as the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW), operates under the auspices of the Lebanese American University (LAU). The Institute was established in 1973 to pay tribute to LAU’s history as a school for…
Justice Without Frontiers
Justice without Frontiers (JWF) is a non-governmental and nonprofit juristic civil organization, free from political, religious, gender-based, and ethnic divisions. JWF is committed to the International Human Rights law and International Humanitarian Law and abides by their…
Kafa Violence & Exploitation is a feminist, secular, Lebanese, non-profit, non-governmental civil society organization seeking to create a society that is free of social, economic, and legal patriarchal structures that discriminate against women.
Kafa has been…
National Commission For Lebanese Women
The National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) is the official national mechanism responsible for realizing women's advancement and gender equality in Lebanon as per law 720/1998. NCLW is a consultant to the government and to all national councils and institutions on…
Rene Moawad Foundation
The Rene Moawad Foundation's mission is to promote social, economic and rural development in Lebanon and the MENA region and to contribute in building a responsible civil society that promotes democratic values, justice, pluralism and moderation.
RMF works to…
Restart Center for the Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence and Torture is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) active in the field of Human Rights; specifically the Rights to Rehabilitation and Prevention from Torture.
The Center’s main goal is to erase torture…