Women Taking the Lead in the Arab World
TYO Lebanon at the New Arab Women Forum
TYO-Lebanon Program Manager Ms. Nadine Okla was invited to speak at the New Arab Woman Forum, "Unlocking the Potential of Arab Women Entrepreneurs" on March 1-2, 2013. The forum focused on “ways of promoting, developing and supporting the spirit of entrepreneurship among Arab women, especially at the level of micro, small and medium sized enterprises and, and how this can help create employment opportunities and contribute to sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth and development."
The main topics included:
- Women’s entrepreneurship as a contributor to employment opportunities.
- Programs and initiatives to support entrepreneurship and to improve the environment for their activity.
- Funding and supporting micro, small and medium sized start-ups: The current situation and what needs to be done.
- Entrepreneurship education and training.
- Learning from regional and international best practices
Ms. Okla was asked to share her knowledge on the “Social Entrepreneurship: Innovation, the Road to Social Change Making” panel, which discussed the following issues:
· Social entrepreneur: A mindset and an ecosystem,
· Public and Private Partnership as an enabler for social entrepreneurship, and
· Social entrepreneurship: Learning by Doing.
Ms. Okla was honored to share the panel with the below experts, from around the Arab world:
- Ms. Zeina Daccache- Executive Director Catharsis, LCDT, Lebanon
- Ms. Najah Jaroush- Founder, Tassamin, Lebanon
- Mr. SamehSeif- Founder & Executive Director, Together Association for Development and Environment, Egypt
- Dr. Iman Bibars, Regional Director, Ashoka Arab World, Egypt
TYO Participates in the Post-2015 Development Agenda of the United Nations Workshop
The Fund for Development and the United Nations Foundation in Amman, invited TYO to a workshop held at the Columbia University Middle East Research Center, hosted by King Abdullah II, March 3-4, 2013. The workshop was held under the Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and brought together a select group of leaders from civil society, the private sector, research institutes and academia from around the Arab world to discuss the Post-2015 Development Agenda of the United Nations.
The primary objective of the workshop was to identify the primary development challenges facing the Arab world, such as:
- Empowering Women and establishing their Human Rights
- Youth and the importance of Early Childhood Education
- Good governance in the Arab world.
TYO was honored to have an opportunity to contribute to such an important agenda and we look forward to sharing the outcomes!