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Lebanese American University (LAU)

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

Established in 1973, the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World is committed to pioneering academic research on women in the Arab world. The institute also seeks to empower women through development programs and education, and to serve as a catalyst for policy change regarding women’s rights in the region. An active and highly esteemed institute, IWSAW facilitates networking and communication, while cultivating ties with national, regional, and international organizations and universities concerned with women’s and gender issues.

Al-Raida, Quarterly Journal Published by Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW)

Al-Raida (“The Pioneer”) is a bi-annual, interdisciplinary journal published in both English and Arabic. Its mission is to give voice to Arab women through enhancing understanding between Arab women and women worldwide, highlighting scholarship on and by Arab women, promoting research on issues of Arab women, and serving as a platform for young voices and activists in the Arab world.

Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies

The M.A. degree in Women and Gender Studies, the first of its kind in Lebanon, is a testimony to LAU’s legacy as the first women’s college in the region and founder of the first institute for women’s studies in the Arab world. It is an expression of the university’s commitment to justice, parity, and gender equity. The M.A. degree we are offering is interdisciplinary in nature seeking to prepare graduates for professional employment and further higher studies. Such a degree integrates gender, class, race, religion, culture, ethnicity, and sexualities and enables students to generate interdisciplinary and quality research in the field of women and gender. 


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