The given paper aims at analyzing the women’s equality in the Middle East and North Africa as the countries of this region have the lowest rates of women’s membership in national parliaments. The author points out the necessity to examine the effectiveness of the foreign aid to the local organizations responsible for encouraging and supporting women’s equality. The first section of the paper contains the major assumptions concerning the promotion of gender equality in the economic and political spheres of life. The review of the related literature marks three significant strands for further discussion. The tables and graphs attached to the paper provide precise data as to how much money is donated to women’s equality organizations and how many women hold seats in the parliament. Using the panel data the author has managed to trace positive tendencies in the increasing number of women working for political institutions. The research has proved the existence of correlation between the sum of donation and the level of women’s political empowerment.
The main idea of the paper is that foreign aid to women’s equality organizations appears to be essential for the MENA countries. Women from the above mentioned region have managed to overcome inequality in educational and medical sectors of life, but, unfortunately, the level of females in politics and economics is still infinitesimal. Only several MENA countries can boast of women’s rate of political participation that exceeds 20-30%. The researchers believe that foreign aid does promote political equality in this region (Baliamoune-Lutz 2). Thus, it would be beneficial to increase the number of women’s equality organizations, as well as the total sum of foreign donations to these organizations for women of these countries to have the same rights as the women of the developed democracies have.
Baliamoune-Lutz, Mina. The Effectiveness of Foreign Aid to Women’s Equality
Organizations in the MENA. Helsinki: UNU-WIDER, 2013. Print.