Active Leaders for Women’s Advancement in the Near East (ALWANE) Program

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Donor: Women Campaign International

Coverage: Regional – 16 Arab countries

Beneficiaries: more than 300 participating men and women, politicians, civil society leaders, academics, activists, experts and youth

Objective: to create advocacy and leadership groups that can influence policy makers and policies in participants’ home countries to further support women leadership in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Description: the ALWANE project was a sustainable and active network of men and women, civil society leaders, academics, activists, experts and youth, committed to social progress, gender equality, and the advancement of women leadership in the MENA region. Working at both a national and regional level, this network from 16 countries aimed to generate discourse about challenges to women’s full participation in society, as well as share intraregional success stories. Members of ALWANE seek to raise awareness, create a platform for dialogue, advocate for change, and influence national, regional, and international policies affecting women’s participation and leadership in society.

ASK’s Role: ASK designed and implemented an innovative professional development mentorship program for ALWANE in three regional events in Dubai, Amman and Tunis, engaging over 300 participants. It also provided a continuous online-support system for all participants. The program developed by ASK allowed for each group to define their own vision, understand the role of women in their communities, and tailor the program learnings to achieve their objective of advancing women in these communities. 

Project Components:

  1. Training of Trainer / Mentoring and Coaching – Professional Development Workshops

The professional development workshops focused on topics related to ‘Mentoring as a Two-Way Traffic’, ‘Inclusivity and Engagement’, ‘Leadership’, ‘Excelling Because Of Diversity’ and ‘Advocacy & Media’.

The ultimate goal of each regional event was to enable the selected female and male participants with the necessary attitudes, skills and knowledge to develop effective mentoring relationships and advocate for their cause in advancing women’s leadership status in their respective home countries.

The unique mentoring approach aided participants in working at both a national and regional level by enabling them to create effective channels of communication among each other, utilize media for networking purposes and to generate discourse around pressing challenges to women’s full participation and leadership in society, as well as share intra-regional success stories. ASK also focused on empowering participants with the necessary skills and attitudes to foresee challenges, identify and strengthen personal and professional leadership traits, to design and implement institutional, community and national responses, build on differences, develop a unified vision and collaborate with each other to reach an assigned goal that will advance women’s leadership in their country.


  1. Monitoring and Evaluation

During the lifespan of the ALWANE program, ASK offered online mentoring and coaching support to the beneficiaries in the form of guidance. Accordingly, ASK was able to adjust its succeeding workshops according to the questions and feedback posed by participants in previous workshops.