The Middle East Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (“Wilson Center”) supports the efforts of Iraqi women by conducting workshops and public events that address issues of utmost importance to their increased rights. Most recently, the Middle East Program organized a series of three workshops held in Amman, Jordan and funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State. Each workshop included participants from throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, whose expertise has been integral to discussing regional methods for enhancing the social and political involvement of women. This publication outlines the proceedings of each of the following workshops.



  • Wilson Center Iraqi Women’s Democracy Initiative

Strategizing Women’s Role in Influencing Legislation
Amman, Jordan
December 2–5, 2005

  • Mechanisms for Increasing Political Participation
  • Narrowing the Gap between Legislation and Implementation
  • Women’s Economic Advancement

Strategizing Approaches to Reforming Regional Family Law
Amman, Jordan
February 14–17, 2006

  • Identifying Gaps between Reality and Existing Family Laws
  • Action Plan for Reforming Personal Status Laws

Building a New Iraq: Empowering Women to Negotiate for Change
Amman, Jordan
June 11–13, 2006

  • Mechanisms for Resolving Conflict
  • Types of Negotiation

Participants’ Biographies