Middle East Gender Equality Programme

In Iraq our work has focused on helping widows access legal and social protection. With many Iraqi widows driven into poverty, we work with vulnerable women like Heba (pictured), to help them access welfare support and receive the government allowances they are entitled to. Photo: Ceerwan Aziz

From our staff

Sarah Barakat, Programme Officer, Women's Access to Justice in the Middle East and North Africa

 In this region, Oxfam aims, through different approaches, to ensure gender equality. Our objective is to give women the tools that allow them to take control of their own lives.

It's a broad-ranging project. We are working to end violence against women in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and the occupied Palestinian Territories, by engaging with men and boys in these countries. We're involved in achieving social protection for widows in Iraq. Based on our experience in Yemen we promote women's access to justice in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. And we help women to take part in politics, particularly in Egypt. 

Full details of Oxfam's Middle East Gender Equality programme (PDF, 2MB)

In 2012-13 Oxfam directly helped:

people in
the Middle East

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