• Gender Equality in Employment and Small Entreprise-GEESE Egypt - Jordan
The project aims to advance the economic status of women through micro and small enterprises and career development. El Mobadara, the lead Egyptian partner in partnership with 5 NGOs in Upper Egypt and Al Masara in Jordan provide a combination of financial & non financial services for women entrepreneurs to start their own business, as well as opportunties for unemployed women. To date, the project has established 5 Gender and Employment Resource Centres with in each a gender officer and a project coordinator assisting women to access credit and business development services required for the effective management of their business. Since the beginning of the project 5645 women have benefited from micro credit and SME projects, and 1112 women have benefited from training seminars. Ongoing activities involve training staff on gender equality in SME, gender media analysis, preparing Gender Impact Assessment of Micro Finance and SME, and compiling a leadership package for benefeciaries.
Turning Business Ideas into Reality is a two year project collaboration between Israeli and Palestinian organizations aiming to increase Israeli and Palestinian women's participation in economic life. The project works to strengthening the capacity of existing and potential women entrepreneurs to turn their fledgling business ideas into reality, increase their household income and create new employment opportunities. The training program has been designed based on success models collected by Women�s Unit in CJEAD and put in action with women beneficiaries in Hebron, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Nablos.
The project promotes the peaceful co-existence, based on mutual interest, between Palestine and Israel through the sharing of practical knowledge and experience and the fostering of direct economic cooperation between Palestinian, Israeli and Italian women. Rural Palestinian women are provided with vocational training, entrepreneurship and basic business skills as well as training to prepare business plans, access start up loans and credits and establish micro-enterprises in their villages. A study mission to italy was carried out in the last quarter of 2006. Networking among Italian, Israeli and Palestinian women co-operators and entrepreneurs took place and opportunties to promote usiness contacts and joint ventures of mutual benefit is scheduled for the third quarter of 2007.
During the two years, the project aims to adjust the supply and demand of
the employment through multiple and structured actions within the companies in Amman and Gaza. The team identifies actual and potential markets and human resources, forecast and match job opportunities with the appropriate competencies. The target beneficiaries are rural women, public and private sector employees, and agricultural, commercial and non-commercial enterprises. Currently, the team is matching 50 women from the village of Wadi Ryan in the Northern Aghwar to potential possibility of employment in the textile industry in the city of Irbid and the areas around it. Today, 35 women have already started working and show great interest in circulating information and attracting a larger group pf women.
The project fosters the creation of a grass-rooted network organization and capacity building of local organizations based in Morocco and Turkey. The Women Artisans Network promotes the work of female crafts workers by disseminating information and providing them with visibility, by integrating them in the international circuit, breaking their isolation while respecting their way of life. Planet Finance Morocco and the Contemporary Women and Youth Foundation(CWYF) Turkey work in partnership to establishing cooperatives, provide marketing and leadership trainings, product development and design, •micro credit and finance to home based working women in Morocco and Turkey.
The project Sustainable Economic Opportunities for Women, SEWO-MENA is implemented by CRTDA, Lebanon over a two year period from January 2006. The project works in 5 countries in the MENA region, and provides a sustainable framework to assist and support women to participate in their country�s economies. The project focuses on training and building the capacity of women in economic literacy, leadership and entrepreneurial skills. It also aims to creating locally based support for women�s economic participation. As it enters the second phase, the team is introducing initiatives to enhance women creating economic opportunities. In June, CRTD.A along with Al Majmouaa organized a joint roundtable discussion entitled �Small and Micro Credit Services� attended by local NGOs and development practitioners. Further, CRTDA organized with their partners a 5 days TOT for NGOs and Governmental Organizations.
Last updated: June 9, 2007
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