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The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women’s Studies (IGWS) is an academic research institute and a graduate teaching center for scholars, researchers and graduate students interested in gender issues in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. The research institute serves as a resource nexus through which research projects, conferences, workshops and educational programs on gender issues are initiated and discussed.

The graduate center provides students with an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective in Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East and North Africa with a special emphasis on situating the Middle East and North Africa region in a comparative Global South perspective.

About Us

IGWS is a multipurpose and interdisciplinary research center that serves scholars and researchers interested in gender and women's studies in the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia and Africa. The primary function of the institute is to serve as a resource nexus within and through which research projects, conferences, workshops, seminars and academic research on gender and women's issues are engaged.

Our Research Projects
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Steering Committee

Our Committee Members for the Academic Year 2022 - 2023

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Meet The Team

Meet the IGWS team 

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Contact Us

Institute for Gender and Women's Studies
The American University in Cairo
Research Centers Building, Rooms 2017 and 2013
P.O. Box 74, New Cairo 11835, Egypt
tel 20.2.2615.1387 | | IGWS Staff

Office hours: Sunday - Thursday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm