Being a young Egyptian and creating your own electricity company?

This is what the IECD is defending in Alexandria!

EGYPT (Alexandria) – Since 2013, the IECD has promoted access to employment for young Egyptians through support for vocational training and not just any kind of training: training in electricity, a sector that provides many jobs but, up until now, all too often ones that are not open to women.

The Al Wardian vocational public school for young women in Alexandria is a pilot in this field. To increase the professional integration chances of young women, a new entrepreneurship awareness module has been integrated into the training course for 3rd year students. Thus, 33 young women were able to envisage the possibility of creating their own company and presented an entrepreneurial project before a jury comprising members from the private sector and civil society.

In addition to presenting a business model, the students were also able to identify the problems present in their community and propose suitable responses: the ineffective management of waste, the double workload of mothers, the integration of the disabled, or the scarcity of qualified technicians, were among the themes considered for which solutions were proposed. The entrepreneurial proposals highlighted real and urgent needs that everyone wants to see resolved!

The “EFTP[1] for young women”, implemented by the IECD is developed in partnership with UN Women, the ambition of which is to challenge gender stereotypes.

1. Enseignement et formation technique et professionnelle

Esraa Mohamad, 17 years old, third year student at AlWardian Industrial School for Girls, Alexandria. Electrical maintenance department.

Esraa Mohamad, 17 ans

Esraa Mohamad, 17 years old, third year student at AlWardian Industrial School for Girls, Alexandria. Electrical maintenance department. 

Creating your business isn’t easy, but it’s so motivating!

“My dream would be to have my own mobile phone retail and repair shop. That’s why I enrolled immediately when I heard about the entrepreneurship training. Thanks to it, I now understand the roles and responsibilities of entrepreneurs: it isn’t easy! But that doesn’t discourage me because I like challenges. During the training, we met an entrepreneur: it was so fascinating to hear her talk about how she managed to overcome all the obstacles in her personal and professional life!

Then, when it came to identifying needs and searching for solutions, I immediately thought about my father who has aged greatly recently and who is starting to lose his memory. That was when I thought about inventing a device that helps people suffering from visual, hearing and memory disorders. I called it “The Hope Device”. One day I would like to produce it and market it. Of course, without giving up my dream for my mobile store! “


What is the History of the International Women’s Day?

Officially recognized by the United Nations in 1977, International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe.

The theme ofInternational Women’s Day 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. The theme is aligned with UN Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive roadmap for the empowerment of women and girls, everywhere.

This year we will also be celebrating other major UN anniversaries, such as the 10th anniversary of the establishment of UN Women, among others.

The emerging global consensus is that despite some progress, real change has been agonizingly slow for the majority of women and girls in the world. Today, not a single country can claim to have achieved gender equality. Multiple obstacles remain unchanged in law and in culture. Women and girls continue to be undervalued; they work more and earn less and have fewer choices; and experience multiple forms of violence at home and in public spaces. Furthermore, there is a significant threat of rollback of hard-won feminist gains.

The year 2020 represents an unmissable opportunity to mobilize global action to achieve gender equality and human rights of all women and girls.

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