Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Women's Social Participation in the Middle East and North Africa"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2010 - DURI
Research area(s):
Gender research
Project Description:
Women’s Social Participation in the Middle East and North Africa: Educational attainment, employment, and political representation in comparative perspective This project examines current patterns and trends in women’s educational attainment, employment, and political representation in countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in order to explain variations across the region and identify the factors that keep women’s aggregate participation low relative to other developing regions (e.g., Latin America and Southeast Asia). Hypotheses related to the oil economy, family law, and links to world society will be tested. Through this project, the student will learn about women’s social participation in MENA and elsewhere in the Global South, become familiar with international data sets, and take part in interdisciplinary social science research. A policy brief will be co-authored with the student and posted on the website of the Women's Research and Policy Center (linked to the Women's Studies Program).
Expected Student Contributions:
The student contribution includes the following: a literature search of the various international datasets pertaining to women’s social participation (e.g., World Bank, UNDP, WEF, ESCWA, ILO, OECD); compiling relevant data for the MENA countries and a sample of non-MENA developing countries; analyzing the data and summarizing the key findings. This contribution will enable the preparation of the policy brief.
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Desired Qualifications:
GPA 3.5 or higher.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 2 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Moghadam, Valentine
sociology department

Student Supervisor

Valentine M. Moghadam
Director of Women's Sudies; Prof. SOC

Cooperating Faculty

Goli Rezai-Rashti
Department of Education; University of W.Ontario