WILpower: Women in Law Program

Funded by
US Department of State
Undertaken in coordination with
AED prior to the acquisition by FHI 360, Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State, Al Essa & Partners, AMIDEAST, The Caversham Centre, Cisco Entrepreneur Institute, Freedom House, ICNL, Kamal & Associates, Mohamad Dib Law Offices, Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship

The Women in Law Program (WILpower) is a collaborative regional information and communication network for young legal practitioners in the Middle East and North Africa region. WILpower seeks to make legal resources available, provide technical support and programs, and utilize the latest information and communication tools to improve the professional development of young Arab female law students and lawyers.

WILpower supports the professional development of young Arab female law students and legal practitioners by building local national-level hubs, or chapters, and enhancing these with relevant technical legal skills training (legal research & writing, and oral argumentation), leadership development for young lawyers, business & entrepreneurial skills development for young lawyers, and legal knowledge sharing by mentor-experts.

WILpower designs activities according to local feedback and will monitor and evaluate the roll out of project activities in three initial communities in the Middle East. Targeted and relevant activities at both the regional level and locally in the Kuwaiti, Lebanese and Palestinian legal communities will aim to establish a model for replication in other MENA region countries. At every point of implementation, opportunities to involve representatives from across the region will be leveraged in order to broaden and deepen the collaborative efforts of the WILpower network.