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a very interesting intiative I am not sure they have a # for us to follow waht is being discussed and shared, but that will be help women from the region that were not able to attend, to participate in the discussions!

2 more days!

Partnership for Change: Empowering Women

Oct. 4-6, 2012

Pristina, Kosovo

 

The International Women’s Summit hosted by President of the Republic of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga, will address women’s economic development, political participation, and social status, and the inclusion of women in the security, business, and justice sectors. A diverse group of more than 200 public and private sector leaders from Kosovo, neighboring countries in southeastern Europe, as well as from wider Europe, North America, the Middle East, North Africa and elsewhere, will convene for three days of discussions. Scheduled participants include Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State and NDI chairman, and Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.

Source: http://www.ndi.org/node/19382

 

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BEIRUT: Aspiring Arab women entrepreneurs have the opportunity to get support  in starting their own business or in their existing venture by applying to the  Arab Women’s Entrepreneurship Program.

women entrepreneurs INITIATIVE lebanon

The American NGO AMIDEAST and its corporate partner Citigroup (through its  philanthropic arm, Citi Foundation) are soliciting applications for AWEP from  aspiring business women in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Egypt, including  residents of those countries from other nationalities such as Palestinians.

“This is for Arab women of all nationalities who want to start a business or  who already have a small business. It’s meant for those who wouldn’t normally  have access to training,” says Allyson Jerab, adviser at Cisco Entrepreneur  Institute at AMIDEAST.

The initiative, now in its second year, aims to give 80 women (20 from each  of the four countries), who wouldn’t otherwise have the skills, support and  tools they need to build financially sustainable businesses.

The program, done in Arabic, will begin with an intensive 15-day training  session that focuses on basic business skills, such as customer service, how to  apply for a loan and handle accounting.

In the following six months the women will apply what they learned with the  help of local seasoned professionals, through Citi’s global Women’s Diversity  Network, who will serve as guest speakers as well as one-on-one mentors.

Last year’s guest speakers included Christine Sfeir, CEO of Dunkin’ Donuts  Lebanon, Lara Tarakjian, executive director of Silkor, Rana el-Chemaitelly,  founder of the Little Engineer, Nada Ghobril, managing partner at Memento  Photoboutique and Esraa Haidar, owner of Consult-E Marketing Services.

The successful candidates will also be given their own laptops and they will  be added to a closed Facebook group in order to network with last year’s  participants.

Providing business training opportunities to Arab women could help stimulate  development in the region, where, according to the U.N., women’s incomes are  less than a quarter of the average levels.

In addition to helping with regional development, Jerab says she has noticed  that female entrepreneurs often lack the confidence that their male counterparts  have because of their obligation to take care of their families.

“In my personal experience, female entrepreneurs have more fear of failure  than men – especially if they’re widowed or divorced, because of the financial  responsibility,” she says.

“They also don’t always realize how much time is involved in running a  business.”

Because some of the participants’ busy schedules, AMIDEAST will be selecting  alternate candidates this year in case some drop out, as was the case last  year.

Although women’s salaries lag far behind those of their male counterparts  throughout the world, including the Arab region, 30 percent of Lebanon’s small- and medium-sized enterprises are owned by women.

Read more:  http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Business/Lebanon/2012/Oct-04/190078-amideast-to-train-arab-women-entrepreneurs.ashx#ixzz28Ka9vRgo (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::  http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

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