ALWANE Network (Active Leaders for Women's Advancement in the Near East)


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  • You can mention to the group that the website community pages will be ready to use shortly once we have provided country officers with the user ’s guide.
  • You can mention to the group that the website community pages will be ready to use shortly once we have provided country officers with the user ’s guide.
  • The dates for the sub regional meetings are as follows: April 30-May 1 (North Africa), May 3-4 (Levant) + May 5 for Iraqi Future Search, May 7-8 (GCC)
  • ALWANE Network (Active Leaders for Women's Advancement in the Near East)

    1. 1. The ALWANE Coalition for theAdvancement of Women’s Leadership 2012
    2. 2. Who is Women’s Campaign International?Women’s Campaign International (WCI) empowers women to activelyparticipate in civil society, political leadership, and economicdevelopment. Specializing in transitional states and post-conflict regions,WCI equips women leaders with the skills and support needed totransform their lives and communities.
    3. 3. What is ALWANE? ALWANE stands for Active Leaders for Women’s Advancement in the Near East In Arabic, “ ‫ ” ألواني‬means “my colors” The ALWANE Coalition is a sustainable and active network of leaders and youth committed to the advancement of women’s leadership
    4. 4. What is the ALWANE Coalition? The ALWANE Coalition includes men and women academics, activists, actvists, experts, political and civil society leaders, entrepreneurs and youthALWANE seeks to advance women’s participation and leadership in society by: creating a basis for sustained collaboration between emerging and established leaders raising awareness creating a platform for dialogue advocating for change influencing national, regional, and international policies
    5. 5. Program Objectives 16 Active Country Committees Inter-regional collaboration and national advocacy campaigns focused on advancing women’s leadership Regional Summit in Amman, Jordan, November 11-13 Group and person-to-person mentorship Online and social media platforms for coalition’s continuous collaboration and public outreach Policy recommendations focused on women’s rights
    6. 6. Country Committees: Diversity and Inclusiveness 6-10 Mentees and 6-10 Mentors Men and women working as partners Variety of backgrounds and experiences (civil society leaders, students, public officials, business leaders, media personalities, social entrepreneurs, etc.)
    7. 7. Country Committees: Roles and ResponsibilitiesNational Advocacy Campaigns • Selection of country-relevant issue/area • Design and implementation of advocacy campaign Palestine Committee conducts its first workshop raising awareness on the triple-burden of working women Policy Recommendations • Drafting of policy recommendations • Dissemination of policy report to local and national policy makers and the international Iraq Committee meets with Minister of Youth and Sports to discuss commitment to addressing gender in the drafting community National Strategy on Youth
    8. 8. North Africa Algeria Egypt Morocco Libya Tunisia
    9. 9. ALGERIACountry Committee Objectives: Engage the public in a national dialogue focused on internal obstacles forwomen’s full participation in Algerian society Focus on interviewing top men and women leaders in all sectors Network with other Algerian women’s and human rights organizations togenerate public discourse
    10. 10. LIBYACountry Committee Objectives: Ensure that women are included inthe country’s 60-member ConstituentAssembly, which will be responsiblefor drafting a permanent constitutionfor Libya Work to overturn and/or preventlaws and regulations that restrictwomen from reaching positions ofleadership
    11. 11. TUNISIACountry Committee Objectives: Work to quantify women’s contributions at all levels of societythrough an intensive, research-based process Begin by identifying unfair practices and laws in society, thensurvey public national and international statistics and recordswhich measure women’s participation and contributions
    12. 12. MOROCCOCountry Committee Objectives: Address women’s and girls’access to education andwomen’s representation intextbooksPromote increasededucational opportunities forwomen and provide morepositive images and examplesof women’s leadershippotential through curriculummaterials
    13. 13. EGYPTCountry Committee Objectives: Created four sub-committees (women’s health, women in the media,women’s economic empowerment, and women’s social and economic rights)comprised of advisers, practitioners, and youth Sub-committees will work together to implement a comprehensiveadvocacy strategy which will address the state of these four categoriesduring Egypt’s historic transition period
    14. 14. GCC Bahrain Kuwait Oman QatarSaudi Arabia UAE Yemen
    15. 15. BAHRAINCountry Committee Objectives: Increase the percentage of women in the workforce across all sectors Increase awareness of women’s rights and economic potential throughstructured empowerment programs that promote existing laws protectingwomen’s economic rights and freedomsDraft new legislation focused on women’s economic independence
    16. 16. KUWAITCountry Committee Objectives: Focus on women’s participation and engagement in theprivate sector, particularly building women’s capacity to run andoperate their own small- and medium-sized enterprises Organize advocacy efforts and capacity building workshops,emphasizing their slogan: “My life…passion and ambition”
    17. 17. OMANCountry Committee Objectives: Work to raise awareness and knowledge of women’s rights vertically(across all socio-economic classes) and horizontally (across all sectors) Focus on raising the visibility and discussion of women’s rights inOman’s new and traditional media Provide and conduct ToT trainings for selected youthThe committee hopes that theseefforts can contribute to Oman’scurrent efforts to develop a morepositive, comprehensive nationalstrategy on gender.
    18. 18. QATARCountry Committee Objectives: Partner with Roudha Center to increase women’s economicparticipation through offeringcomprehensive support servicesfor SMEs including the creation of a women’s business directory Work with the government toadvocate for policy changes thatwould support SMEs, legalizewomen’s home businesses, andpartner with large corporations to cultivate an environment thatsupports women’s start-ups
    19. 19. SAUDI ARABIACountry CommitteeObjectives:Partnered with Glowork to increase the number of women in theworkforce through the dual strategy of overcoming negative culturalobstacles while simultaneously increasing employment opportunities forwomen Work to raise awareness of equal rights and inform women of at-homejob opportunities and their benefits Create 500 jobs for Saudi women and conduct workshops for 500 Saudigraduates
    20. 20. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Country Committee Objectives: Raise awareness and promote women’s leadership at various schools, universities, women’s associations, and through an online platform to generate debate  Promote women’s active participation in politics and address the obstacles women face in the political sector  Organized a donation drive with the Red Crescent to demonstrate the importance and value of women’s leadership in their community
    21. 21. YEMENCountry Committee Objectives:Focus on the impact that conflict and crisis have on women in Yemen Design and manage intervention strategies that support women affectedby conflict in a variety of sectors Launched a national and regional radio ad campaign and held smallexperimental workshops(s) to promote this initiative
    22. 22. Levant Iraq JordanLebanonPalestine
    23. 23. IRAQCountry Committee Objectives: Engage men and women civil society and political leaders to support andstrengthen current women leaders and create a positive example andenvironment for Iraq’s girls and young women Increase the effectiveness of current women in office by building coalitions ofgovernmental and non-governmental organizations to strengthen of womenleaders and increase the number of women in leadership positions Push for legislation that protects women and girls and promotes their rights
    24. 24. JORDANCountry Committee Objectives: Work with private and public sector to increase women’srepresentation at all levels Ensure that women’s ideas,opinions, and concerns are addressed within organizational and governmental policies.
    25. 25. LEBANONCountry Committee Objectives: Use digital storytelling and social media to highlight and share womenentrepreneur success stories from across Lebanon Create a photo and video campaign to showcase in-depth biographicalinterviews from Lebanon’s rural and marginalized communities, encouragingother women to follow their own entrepreneurial pursuits.
    26. 26. PALESTINECountry Committee Objectives:Build advocacy strategy with four overarchingobjectives:•Raise awareness about women’s participationin the economy through a short documentary,survey, workshops, and media campaigns•Increase women’s participation in the labormarket locally and globally through the newlylaunched “5aleek Online” initiative•Provide capacity-building opportunities for the ALWANE PalestineCommittee in Palestine and regionally through a ToT model•Change and influence national policies by increasing women’srepresentation in leadership positions and the public sector
    27. 27. Consultative Forum• Using the ALWANE network, members can convene to address pressing regional, national, or local issues drawing on the diverse expertise and backgrounds• In the first year, Levant committee members worked with Iraqi government officials and CSO leaders on the advancement of women’s leadership in Iraq
    28. 28. Online PlatformALWANE initiative’s official website:• Each Country Committee represented on online community page• Shares current news updates, videos, photos and live discussion forums on website and ALWANE Facebook and Twitter pages• A space for collaboration with likeminded and proactive individuals across the region Check it out at:
    29. 29. Mentorship Program 6-10 one on one mentorship pairs per committee Expand personal and professional network Mentorship pairs work together to ensure ongoing support and guidance in advocacy efforts Sustain and grow past the completion of committee work
    30. 30. Regional Collaboration Intra-regional meetings provide an excellent opportunity for committees to share their vision for women’s leadership and gender equality, address challenges, and come together as a united front. Sub-regional meetings bring together committees from the Levant, North Africa and GCC – Focus on teambuilding, strategic planning and capacity building – Network and collaborate with other coalition members. Regional Summit- November 11-12, 2012 in Amman, Jordan – Present committee work – Participate in social/new media and leadership trainings – Draft and sign Constitutions for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership in the region WCI Iraq Country Officer Essam’s YDI program with women and youth in Iraq
    31. 31. Thank You!“Get informed, get involved and share your voice!”