Our Story

The Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World has been operating at the crossroads of academia and activism since 1973. IWSAW stands as a tribute to the Lebanese American University’s origins as a school for girls and aims to fulfill its commitment to education, empowerment and equality for women and girls. IWSAW was the first institute of its kind in the Arab region, and one of the first in the world.

Today, IWSAW honors that legacy by advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality nationally, regionally, and globally, through our five guiding pillars: education, research, development programs, outreach, and community engagement. We integrate gender issues across all aspect of our work and combine academia and activism in order to achieve gender equality and human rights in the Arab world.