Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How the Reuters Foundation conducted its survey of the status of women in the Arab world

An Arab person who works with an international NGO told me that she was one of those who received the survey questionnaire form Reuters Foundation. She shared with me the questionnaire that she received a while back:  "My name is Crina B.., I'm a journalist working for London-based Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Our latest project is a survey of experts who can shine a light on the most pressing issues facing women in the Middle East and North Africa. We have focused our analysis on the member countries of the Arab League and have drafted a questionnaire based on the principles embodied in the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). We hope to develop emerging themes and create an index with which to compare the situation in these countries.

We're looking for professionals with knowledge on the issue - journalists, activists, academics etc. - that would take our poll. You are in a very good position to help make our project as good as it can be.  Would you and your staff be willing to take our poll? It would  only take ten minutes to complete. 

If the answer is yes, then you will be answering the questions about a single country of your choice. If you feel that you could also answer the same questions on a different country, then we would appreciate it if you could take the questionnaire again but for another country in the region."

PS In a follow up message, the sender asked that she forwards the same message to people she knows.  We are talking rigorous scientific standards here.