Women’s Economic Participation in North and Mount Lebanon

Posted on May 15, 2020

Beneficiaries: 1,500 Lebanese and Syrian women, 8 Cooperatives, 12 SMEs, 6 Startups, 18 Unions, 10 Municipalities”

With funding from the Government of Canada and under the guidance and supervision of the United Nations Development Program within the framework of the Lebanon Host Comumunities Support Programme (LHSP), René Moawad Foundation is leading a consortium to implement the Women Economic Participation in North and Mount Lebanon (WEP) project.

The consortium includes RMW, Berytech Foundation, Digital Opportunity Trust Lebanon (DOT Lebanon), Atayeb El-Rif Association (AAR), and Committee for the Follow-up of Women’s Issue (CFUWI).

Project’s Objectives

The project aims at contributing to the economic empowerment of women by addressing women’s limited access to, control of, and benefits from economic opportunities. The objectives are:

  • To increase local awareness and support to women’s rights, notably economic empowerment and right to decent work
  • To boost local recognition of women’s role in non-traditional economic development.
  • To foster competences of local women, individuals and groups, to access the market based on competitiveness and innovation in selected value chains.
    • Agricultural value chains: oregano (wild and cultivated), friqeh, small ruminants, and honey.
    • Non-agricultural value chains: handcrafts, renewable energy, and information, communication technology (ICT).

The Project Four Outcomes

Beneficiaries: 1,500 Lebanese and Syrian women, 8 Cooperatives, 12 SMES, 6 Startup Businesses, 18 Unions, 10 Municipalities

  • Lebanese and Syrian refugee women have strengthened capacity to integrate into the labor market.
  • Increased public support and improved enabling environment for women’s economic empowerment at three levels: household, community, business and municipal level.
  • Women- led businesses and cooperatives have improved productivity and competitiveness and have increased access to assets, spurring innovation and addressing unfavorable resource control and ownership dynamics
  • Municipalities, unions of municipalities and local economic development agencies have increased skills, knowledge and means to be more actively involved in local economic development and are implementing interventions to support women economic empowerment.

How To Take Part In Our Project?

  • Are you a woman between 18 and 55 years old?
  • Are you living in one of the targeted locations and interested to strengthen your capacities and enter the labor market?
  • Do you have your own business and would like to improve your competitiveness and gain access to new markets?
  • Do you need to raise your competences or those of your SME to access the market based on innovation in your value chain?
  • Do you work in any of our selected value chains?

If you fall under any of the above criteria you can take part in our project. Follow this link for more information and the applications forms.