Right Livelihood Laureate Mozn Hassan. Credit: Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship

Announcing the launch of the MENA Gender Clinic

The MENA Gender Clinic is a collaborative initiative between the Right Livelihood and the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut.

This new initiative represents a major step forward in fostering the production of gender knowledge and learning, undertaking relevant gender research, influencing gender-inclusive public policies, and amplifying gender advocacy in the Middle East and North Africa region. This initiative addresses a key mandate of the Asfari Institute namely bridging academia and activism.

The MENA Gender Clinic provides a platform for activists, scholars, legal experts, and practitioners to come together, conduct research, shape policies, advocate for change, and challenge prevailing gender norms in the region. The MENA Gender Clinic held its inaugural workshop at the American University of Beirut on 7-8 February 2024, outlining strategies and future plans. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the clinic’s visionary founder, Mozn Hassan, a prominent feminist activist from the region and Right Livelihood Laureate, who initiated this journey at a pivotal moment for the region.

Embarking on a transformative odyssey, Right Livelihood and Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship join forces with visionaries like Mozn Hassan and a cadre of dedicated researchers, activists, and practitioners. Together, we are forging a path toward establishing the MENA Gender Clinic—a collective and intergenerational space dedicated to cultivating, guiding, and championing groundbreaking approaches in mobilizing feminist movements to advance gender knowledge and policies.

We invite institutions, civil society organizations, funders, and individuals to join us in engaging with the clinic to ensure its lasting impact.