Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (Lebanon)

The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World was founded in 1973. The history of the Institute is closely linked to that of the first women’s college in the Middle East, the America Junior College for Women, which was established in 1924 by the Presbyterian Mission and evolved into today’s Lebanese American University. The College, which educated Middle Eastern women for half a century, became coed in 1973. In order to honor the college’s unique heritage, the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World was established that year.

Mission

  • Engage in academic research on women in the Arab world.
  • Develop and integrate womens studies in the Lebanese American University curriculum.
  • Empower women in the Arab world through development programs and education.
  • Serve as a catalyst for policy changes regarding the rights of women in the Arab world.
  • Facilitate networking and communication among individuals, groups and institutions concerned with women in the Arab world.
  • Extent ties with international organizations and universities working on gender issues.