Giving Voice to Women in Muslim Countries

Monday, January 1, 2007
Author: 
Karl G. Feld
Countries: 
Africa
Europe
Asia
Northern Africa
Europe
Kosovo
Western Asia
Southern Asia
Iraq
Iran
Afghanistan
Pakistan
Bangladesh
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Participation
Peace Processes

Survey research has a role to play in providing Muslim women with a public voice where custom and culture does not permit them their own. It can be used to inform and shape empowerment policies from the perspective of each population. The Women In Muslim Countries (WIMC) study, conducted by D3 Systems with contributions by KA Research for Turkey, is designed to measure women's empowerment in actual daily practice, providing a deep look into the oft-perceived gap between current public policy and empowerment initiatives and actual practice on the personal and local levels. The answers are intended to yield a metric for promoting excellence in public policy by informing policymakers on women's attitudes toward the affects of policy initiatives, and serving as a measure of the degree of those policies' effectiveness.

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