1. Emerging Advanced Global Learning Enhanced Start-ups (Eagles)

Hebatullah Saeed Moussa Khalil

Alexandria, Egypt.

This project proposes the creation of an online learning platform to provide a training program focused on “latest job trends.” Target users are recently graduated women and women who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 crisis. The platform will also benefit start-ups led by woman entrepreneurs by providing internship opportunities to women trained through the program, as well as expert consultation in many disciplines, to help start-ups stay resilient.

The platform aims to empower women to respond to challenges, confront their traditional roles and change their life. Women’s education is one of the most powerful tools to change one’s position in society. Additionally, the aim is to enhance young people’s capacity for innovation and the skills of unemployed women and reduce the gender gap.

This project proposal is in line with Social Development Goals 1, 4, 5, 8 and 17.

Focus: Euro-Med Countries.

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2. We Inspire

CEED

We Inspire” has been specifically developed to provide rising female leaders with the skills needed to overcome the covid-19 pandemic and relaunch the growth of their businesses. The overall objective of the initiative is to enhance the leadership, management and entrepreneurial skills of existing small and medium-sized businesses led by women and build a network of promising women entrepreneurs in the region.

The program provides women with workshops to learn, network and acquire leadership skills and crisis management. Then, some of these women are shortlisted to participate in 250 hours of mentoring to increase their performance and decision-making process in critical situations. Finally, CEED organized networking events between the participants of the two respective countries to develop synergies and build connexions and inspire each other.

Through We Inspire, CEED made it possible for women to benefit from the program remotely, in compliance with government restrictions and in complete safety.

Focus: Tunisia and Morocco.

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3. Relaunching the promotion of women and girls' economic rights in the MENA region during the Covid-19 crisis.

Lattouf Ziad

The promotion of the economic rights of women and girls in the MENA region during the Covid-19 crisis is a very difficult initiative and task to ensure, secure and revive. This is because the freedom to undertake an entrepreneurial project, the freedom to produce and the freedom to innovate have been restricted to protect public health, which is linked to public order. However, relaunching this type of economic activity remains a goal to be achieved and should be reconciled with measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which has become an ongoing risk to human life, in particular those of women and girls.

The goal of this project idea is to relaunch the promotion of women and girls' economic rights in the MENA region during the Covid-19 crisis. It aims to develop medium-term economic intervention and launch stimulus and employment measures, as well as help companies cope with the crisis. Secondly, it aims to bring social protection systems to cover all working women and support hard-hit sectors that employ large numbers of women and girls.

Focus: Maghreb, Middle East.

4. ''Women Business Centre'' by " Women Cooperatives"

Tala Khrais

Jordan.

The goal of this project is to set up women’s cooperatives, which can in turn set up business centres for women entrepreneurs. These cooperatives would acquire unutilized commercial venues or complexes and turn them into spaces for women-run businesses. There, women entrepreneurs can benefit from children’s day-care facilities, conference rooms and a cafeteria, as well as a comprehensive start-up and business management support and collaboration and a cooperation network.

The cooperatives would include women as members and shareholders, with one vote per person at the yearly general assembly. To become a member, women must buy a cooperative share. They would also pay a periodic rental fee, although the co-operatives could also offer rent-reduction to women in the start-up phase. Furthermore, these cooperatives can also seek financial support from state, national or international donors.

The overall goal is to assist in the creation of women’s cooperatives that can set up centres for women entrepreneurs to provide support while they establish their own businesses and help them overcome obstacles on their road to achieving professional independence.

Focus: MENA countries: Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria.