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FWEME Beneficiaries Celebrate the End of BLC, English, and IT Training Courses

The value of  providing women’s empowerment programming to women in underdeveloped communities and in regions were they have traditionally been left behind in the workforce can not be overstated. It is clear by the level of investment globally from foundations, NGOs, governments, and the private sector that this idea is well accepted. With women making up half the potential workforce, successful economies truly depend on the contribution of women. Given the high level of female unemployment and the political instability of the Arab region, much effort has been made to encourage women to enter the labor market in an effort to boost and stabilize Continue reading…

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FWEME Entrepreneurs in Lebanon Expand Their Horizons!

Through FWEME, TYO-Lebanon’s efforts focus on integrating businesses skills training with other essential skills to provide female entrepreneurs in Lebanon with the tools they need to be successful businesswomen. The two year program is now in the third and final phase. Women have received extensive business training and coaching throughout the project and are now focusing on developing their English and IT skills, expanding their networks, growing their businesses, and accessing financial support. The women are also receiving additional training support from BLC Bank’s Women’s Empowerment (WE) Initiative. All of the phases of the project have come together to provide Continue reading…

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Start Small, Dream Big

They dream big, start small, and develop wonderful results. Our beneficiaries at TYO Lebanon made great results and worked very hard to reach the final phase of the FWEME project. They created different approaches for their business plans and maintained a strong commitment to environmentally responsible business practices. TYO-L  provides the women with enhanced skills and a platform to become productive members of Lebanon’s labor force. Services offered by TYO-Lebanon include: Training and support for business expansion, with particular focus on marketing, accounting, and distribution. Development and support on existing craft, design and business skills. Encouragement on the participation of Continue reading…

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FWEME Celebrates the Top 5 finalists and the start of Phase 3!

Tomorrow’s Youth Organization-Lebanon is so pleased to announce the top 5 women selected to move into the final phase of the FWEME project! Phase 1 started us off with 47 women who participated in an intensive 4-day Business Training and based on that, we selected 10 women to move into Phase 2, which involved one-on-one coaching/training with our Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture; Zahle (CCIAZ) team and the production of SMART Business Plans for each of the women. Now we are so pleased to announce the 5 women who will move into Phase 3 of the project which will Continue reading…

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TYO-L Marks International Women’s Week with Smartphone Technology Training and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Webinar hosted by Mrs. Blair!

Last Thursday, TYO-Lebanon FWEME beneficiaries gathered at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Zahle and Bekaa to attend a special webinar with Mrs. Blair to mark International Women’s Day. The webinar discussed different challenges that women face around the world, and offered a variety of ways that women can work together to face these challenges. The webinar brought together 100 people from over 20 countries to connect and celebrate the achievements of women from all corners of the globe. Mrs. Blair answered questions attentively from entrepreneurs in the webinar, highlighting why International Women’s Day is so important, why Continue reading…

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TYO-L Interviews FWEME Entrepreneur: Ms. Dalia Sahily

Ms. Dalia Sahily is an entrepreneur in Lebanon’s Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East program. 1)    What is your personal background? My name is Dalia Sahily, and I come from “Bar Elias” in the Bekaa Valley. I studied accounting and got my degree from “Al- Najda El Shaabiya”. Later on, I studied cosmetology and through my experience I became a beauty specialist. I also registered in an English tutoring center to learn the English language. I love swimming, playing piano, dancing, and reading. 2)    What is your business idea? My business idea is to help people market themselves and Continue reading…

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FWEME Celebrates One-Year!

The FWEME project has just celebrated its one-year anniversary in November and we’re so proud of the progress of our women entrepreneurs! In the one year that has passed, the women have gained a tremendous amount of experience through their 4-day IBB trainings and their one-on-one work with their business coach. Currently, all 10 of the women entrepreneurs have fully developed their ideas to scale up or improve their businesses, and how they can differentiate themselves in their markets. Through their work and research with their coaches, they are working to complete their SMART business plans, which will include strategies Continue reading…

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FWEME Lebanon completes 4 day training program !

In partnership with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and implemented by Tomorrow’s Youth Organization-Lebanon, (TYO-L) we are pleased to announce the success of the “4-Day Intensive Business Basics Training Course – IBB” which was held at Bar Elias Municipality, Bekaa on August 26, 27, 28, and 29 2013 from 9:00 A.M. till 1:00 P.M. The training was given by Ms. Aline Slim who provided participants with an understanding of the methodology of business, marketing, finance and organizational strategies. The four day training program introduced the participants to the basics of how to make a successful business plan. The program consisted Continue reading…

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Steps in the Right Direction: Lebanese Government Drafts Law on the Protection of Women Against Domestic Violence

TYO has been closely following a heartbreaking story in Lebanon that has left a family of 5 children without their mother. As empowering and supporting women and children is a crucial part of TYO’s role in Lebanon, we can’t help but pay close attention to the news as it relates to domestic violence and protecting women. Sadly, Mrs. Roula Yaacoub, the 31-year-old mother of five, was found beaten at her home in the town of Halba. She died upon arrival to the hospital. While Roula’s story has made the local news, unfortunately, many women in Lebanon suffer from various forms Continue reading…

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Role of Women NGO’s in Women’s Empowerment

“Don’t Limit Yourself” is the message from Tomorrow’s Youth Organization to every women. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do, but we believe that women are “the power” boosting the society. The low percentage (30.3%) of the female economically active population is not due to the lack of women’s capabilities; however, this has a lot to do with social, economical and legal barriers; such as the limited career options; legal and institutional discrimination against women. Rural women, women living in different Lebanese villages and towns outside medium and big cities, suffer from multiple problems which form Continue reading…