Who we are ?
The Center of Arab Woman for Training and Research (CAWTAR) was created on March 7, 1993 in response to the request of a number of Arab governments and civil society organizations and institutions. His Royal Highness, Prince Talal Ibn Abdulaziz is the center’s president. CAWTAR was additionally created to provide the region with a center of research and studies relating to gender and the status of women, of advocacy for the improvement of women’s status and of data collection, indicators and statistics.
We are dedicated to working in a region where women and men are equal in rights and in practice, where gender gaps have been overcome and where women and men can participate equally in achieving prosperity.
CAWTAR is committed to the empowerment of women based on human rights and gender principles.
Our mission is to eradicate discrimination against Arab women and reduce gender gaps by promoting research, education, training and advocacy in all areas of life that affect the status of women, and to carry our message to policy makers, researchers, activists and local communities alike
- Empower women and promote gender equality.
- Reduce gender gaps as a means of achieving sustainable development in the Arab Region.
CAWTAR remains one of the few regional research and training institutions dedicated to the question of women and development in the Arab region. Among the center's unique characteristics are:
- A Unique Board of Trustees which serves as a dialogue platform between IGO’s, NGO’s and policy makers.
- Extended regional coverage through activities implemented across the 22 Arab states.
- Influential network - the Arab Network for gender and development (@NGED) – which covers the Arab region and beyond and counts among its members experts, decision makers, journalists, national and regional research centers, NGOs, institutions, etc. @NGED contributes to CAWTAR’s work, and acts as a platform for advocacy on gender issues and policy dialogue.
- The ability to leverage resources through strategic partnerships resulting from joint programming, funding and implementation.