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Middle East - Regional
Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML)
WLUML is an international network that provides information, solidarity, and support for all women whose lives are shaped or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam. The network aims to increase the autonomy of women by supporting the local struggles of women from within Muslim countries and communities and linking them with feminist and progressive groups at large.
Middle East - Afghanistan
Afghan Women's Network
This network works to empower Afghan women and ensure their equal participation in Afghan society. It has links to resources including newsletters and "Famous women" consisting of biography of women leaders.
Revolutionary Association of the Women in Afghanistan
Established in 1977, it is an independent political/social organization of Afghan women fighting for human rights and for social justice. The founders were Afghan women intellectuals under the leadership of Meena, who was assassinated in 1987.
It implements projects that involve the poor and the underprivileged directly. The activities are in the areas of health, education, agriculture, literacy and training, income generation, construction and relief distribution.
Middle East - Iran
Center for Women's Studies, University of Tehran
Established in 2001, the center fosters research and teaching and sponsors workshops and seminars on women's issues. The mission of the Center is to conduct and support research on gender issues and family on national and international levels. The abstracts of their research, and the table of content of their journals, Pizhuhish-i-Zanan in Farsi, and Women's Research in English are available. "Databank" link contains gendered data on age, employment, education, health, population and poverty.
Middle East - Israel
Bat Shalom – Jerusalem Link
Founded in 1994 by Palestinians and Israeli women activists, the Jerusalem Link is the coordinating body of the Bat Shalom—The Jerusalem Women's Action Center, located in West Jerusalem, and Marcaz al-Quds la l-Nissah—The Jerusalem Center for Women, located in East Jerusalem. Together they promote a joint vision of peace, democracy, human rights, and women's leadership.
Israel Women’s Network (IWN)
Established in 1984, the IWN is a non-profit organization and the first in Israel dedicated to promoting women’s rights and equality. Many successes of IWN includes initiating the Sexual Harassment Prevention Law of 1998, and the 2005 law establishing a commission for Equal Employment opportunities.
Middle East - Palestine
Birzeit University, Institute for Women's Studies
Since its inception in 1994, the Institute has been committed to research, teaching, gender intervention, policy outreach, and advocacy on gender relations in Palestinian society, as well in discussion and debate on gender issues in the Arab World. The site includes the research reports, publications, and links to other Middle Eastern women and gender organizations.
General Union of Palestinian Women
GUPW was established in 1965 as a body within the Palestinian Liberation Organization and considered to be the official representative body for Palestinian women around the world. It is also the umbrella for all women's organizations in Palestine and in exile. The report The National Strategy for the Advancement of Palestinian Women is available under the link "Publications."
Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling
Established in Jerusalem in 1991, the WCLAC is a Palestinian independent women's NGO that addresses the causes and consequences of gender-based violence within the community as well as the gender-specific effects of the increasing militarization associated with the Israeli occupation.