Arab Perceptions of Women Leaders in Media, Civil and Political Avenues.” Arab Women Leadership Institute (AWLI) – Jordan. 2014-On-going.

For this assignment, AWRAD distributed 6,000 questionnaires across 3 countries (Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Yemen). The aim of this project, funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), was to provide an improved understanding of public perceptions towards women. The questionnaire contained both country-specific questions asking about women and country-specific media outlets, country-specific civil society organizations, and country-specific political parties and institutions. The questionnaire also asked a large set of unified questions to develop a regional understanding of public perceptions of women leaders and women leadership activity.
Nationwide Surveys of the Egyptian and Tunisian Adult Populations.University of Toronto. 2014-On-going.
AWRAD is currently engaged in a public opinion polling project across Egypt and Tunisia intended to explore and measure the social distribution and political significance of democratic attitudes and intolerance in the region and identify the main individual-level and contextual-level factors underlying the recent Arab revolutions and their aftermath. The poll targets 1,570 individuals in each country and is representative of all demographic factors. Questions measure socioeconomic demographics, participation in events surrounding the revolutions, attitudes towards different types of political rule and practices and change over time in personal security. Once the data has been collected and analyzed, analytical reports will be published in scholarly journals.
Women’s Participation in the Social, Economic and Political Context in the Arab World.” (Covering Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen). Arab Women Leadership Institute (AWLI). 2013-2014.
For this assignment AWRAD distributed 6,000 questionnaires and conducted 8 focus groups across three countries in the Arab World: Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. The aim of this project, funded by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), was to address prevailing social and political norms related to women’s involvement in a wide range of sectors. After completing fieldwork in all three Arab states, AWRAD’s office team developed three PowerPoint presentations and a 100-page report for AWLI. The report highlighted the critical findings on women’s involvement in the economic and political sectors, as well as social perceptions, attitudes and restrictions related to their involvement. Particularly significant to AWRAD’s proposal, the final analytical report and PowerPoint presentations were designed to help influence policy on women’s inclusion throughout the Arab World by providing data on priorities and programming needs.
“Observer Delegation to the 2011 Election.” International Republican Institute (IRI). 2011.
AWRAD’s long-term relation with IRI led to the invitation of AWRAD’s President to be a member in IRI’s observer delegation to Tunisia. The mission allowed for a plethora of meetings with political leaders from most Tunisian political groups.
“Official Palestinian Delegation to the Arab Women Organization’s Conference.” Arab Women Organization. 2008-2009
AWRAD was asked by the First lady of Palestine – Amina Abbas – to prepare the two major presentations to the conference in Tunisia during its sessions in Tunisia (2008 & 2009). AWRAD, through its President, was represented in the two conferences and provided all the research and reporting to the delegation.
“Training on Human Rights.” Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR). 2008.
Dr. Said served as the main trainer in workshop organized by the AOHR for Arab human rights activists from the Arab region with a focus on Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria. The workshop took place in Beirut, 2008.
“Arab Women Report (Women and Decision Making)” Center for Arab Women for Research and Training (CAWTAR). 2003-2007.
AWRAD has cooperated with CAWTAR on a number of occasions most notably, in the preparation of the Arab Women Report (Women and Decision Making). Three AWRAD researchers led the endeavor. They coordinated the regional work in six countries including Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Sudan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. Various research and training work with CAWTAR has entailed eight visits to Tunisia since 2003.
“The Linkage between Public Opinion Polling Research and Decision Making.” International Republican Institute (IRI). 2005.

This 3-day workshop took place in May 2005 and brought together experts from the region, political leaders and parliamentarians. The workshop aimed at raising the awareness of decision makers in Tunisia about the utility of opinion polling in decision making and planning. Dr. Said was one of the key trainers, speakers and facilitators.




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