Young Progressive Voices from the MENA Region Advocate for Security Through Regional Cooperation

In 2019, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) and the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) selected a distinguished group of progressive young…



Global Green Deals Forum

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Online Debate Series - Until debt tear us apart? #10Y_ArabSpring

In this online debate series, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the German Development Institute invite experts to discuss how international…


Disrupted: How COVID-19 is affecting societies across the MENA region

The COVID-19 pandemic will become the defining event of this decade.



A webinar on "Care Roles in Arab Media"

Under its regional Political Feminism project, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is honored to invite you to a webinar on “Care Roles in Arab Media”…



The Role of Youth and Civil Society in Shaping the MENA Energy Transition – Projections on COVID19 Recovery Opportunities

The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung discussed on the 28th of April how to lead a transition to renewable energy and migrate away from the regional dependency…



Transformation Processes of Energy Companies - Application to Jordan

The Beirut Debates series focusses on the role of regional actors in local conflicts.



Peace and Security Project Launched its new Beirut Debates conference series

The Beirut Debates series focusses on the role of regional actors in local conflicts.



Events in London and Washington discuss latest FES Iran publication

The conversation covered critical reflections on the implications of sanctions for Iran’s domestic and foreign policy, the objectives of US policy…



FES Maghreb Dialogue: “From Law and Order to Human Security: A Political Approach to Border Security in the Maghreb”

The conference brought together members of civil society from Morocco, Algeria, Libya and Tunisia.



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Our FES experts, partners and guest contributors from Rabat to Teheran and from Beirut to Khartoum will share their insights from the ground and offer food for thought as we jointly attempt to understand the repercussions of the protests started in this region 10 years ago. More



Care work and the Pandemic – Issue Brief

Having internalized patriarchal and exploitative capitalist assumptions that render care work invisible, studies have unfortunately not considered the importance of care work and its impact on the MENA region’s economy.

Women do critical work both within and outside of the home, the implications of which we will discuss below. In our view, taking “women” as an analytical category should not obscure dynamics that pertain to other social identifications and positions, such as class, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, and others. We also understand that women’s significant contribution to their economies is eclipsed by the injustices that accompany this work, from abuse to devaluation and the process of invisibilization that renders this work “non-work,” be it paid or unpaid. Patriarchy renders women’s work invisible, and is responsible as such for the neglect of care work and the precarity of women’s work in the informal sector; the largest employer of women worldwide (Bonnet et al. 2019). Thus, social protection must include processes of inclusion, valorization, and representation. We believe social protection must do the following: create a fair and gender-equitable system for participation in economic processes; enable improved quality of life and economic security over time; and allow support of oneself and one’s family. In addition, both social protection and labor laws need to be revisited so as to better define what “work” means, and to include both formal and informal work; paid and unpaid care work; and the labor of migrant workers.

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