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Until We Meet Again: Last Week of The Women’s Group

Last week, The Women’s Group at TYO marked the final few days of the Summer 2014 session with certificates for outstanding commitment, an intensive seminar on the dangers of withholding food from children during the current season of Ramadan, and an exciting field trip to the local swimming pool. In these last bits of celebration, over 100 women wrapped up what’s been an eventful, awareness-raising five weeks as we’ve covered topics such as protecting one’s self after violence, preventing women’s cancers, and the problematic consequences of the past-time of shisha smoking. And we know that it wasn’t just an information overload Continue reading…

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Branding and Getting Better: TYO Steering Committee Meeting

For TYO entrepreneurs, their production happens in a diverse array of places: a fig orchard, an add-on room of their home with hydroponic farming equipment, a tailoring workshop in Tulkarem. But last week, they brought samples of their businesses to TYO’s FWEME Steering Committee here in Nablus for an intensive discussion on how their products are made, best practices in branding, and how to further improve their packaging and pitching. After recently completing their second phase of intensive Business English courses, entrepreneurs showcased their advanced presentation skills by delivering their short pitches to the Steering Committee, explaining their business, progress made Continue reading…

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Facebook to Formal English: FWEME Incubation

Can you describe yourself in 2 minutes, or catch a potential customer’s eye through a Facebook post? For many burgeoning business people, explaining their startup idea in a quick, catchy way- especially when English is their second language- might be a lengthy process with many pauses or problematic sentence structure. But for entrepreneurs participating in TYO’s FWEME Initiative, the past two weeks have sought to change that through intensive Business English and Business IT classes, where women have been practicing and perfecting their pitches- and prepping to best present themselves and their enterprises to potential investors and partners. Led by Continue reading…

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Like and Dislike: The Women’s Group Takes on Social Media

You might’ve clicked on this blog article from Facebook or Twitter, like many of our followers do. But for many moms in The Women’s Group, the seemingly simple world of social media can seem like a foreign planet- and can cause significant friction in their homes, and a lack of confidence when communicating with their children. Specifically, some women aren’t aware of how to protect kids from potential harassment or online abuse- an issue many of our local partners have reported increasing in Nablus- and have questions about how sites like Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter could be both helpful, or harmful, Continue reading…

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A Morning of Voice, Agency, and Empowering Women

Our Summer 2014 session hasn’t started just yet for The Women’s Group, but last Sunday, TYO was still filled with plenty of voices discussing women’s rights and gender equity in Nablus. As part of the quarterly Speaker Appreciation Breakfast, over 20 representatives from TYO’s local partners gathered to be recognized for their contributions as volunteer lecturers in The Women’s Group- and discuss key challenges facing female empowerment in Palestine. The Speaker Breakfast is TYO’s way to honor the experts, advocates, and activists that make The Women’s Group possible each session by lending their time and knowledge to lead seminars on various Continue reading…

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Tubas to Taking Chances: Maysaa Abu Mohsen Travels to America

A major component of our FWEME business training curricula is about risk-taking: encouraging women to step out of comfort zones for different kinds of opportunities, like taking a loan, talking to investors, or traveling. In FWEME Entrepreneur Maysaa Abu Mohsen’s case, risk-taking took a whole new level last month, though, when she received the opportunity to participate in a three-week internship program in the United States through the Active Citizen Summit 2.0. At the beginning of March, Maysaa hadn’t been on an airplane, and never ventured farther than Amman, Jordan- but by April, she’d been on six different planes, attended Continue reading…

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Springing Forward in 2014: Session Recap

About two weeks ago, we had our last seminars in The Women’s Group at TYO for the Spring 2014 session- marking the culmination of an exciting, challenging, and inspiring season of empowerment in Nablus. About twenty years ago, the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) was held in Cairo, Egypt- making large news when a number of women groups were able to successfully convince key governments and policymakers that the solution to the imminent population explosion discussed at the conference was simple- it was women.  NGOs and women’s rights advocates were able to shift the conversation from population control Continue reading…

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Bossy, Bold Female Businesswomen

In recent weeks, Beyonce has helped Sheryl Sandberg “ban bossy“- encouraging young women globally to stop shying away from leadership roles out of fear that they’ll be considered “rude” or disliked by others for being so bold. Girls’ rights extraordinaire Malala Yousasfizi also made statements this month asking women of the world to stop using Facebook for just fun- and instead transitioning it to be a tool for social change. Both of these sentiments ring true at TYO as we encourage gender equality in all aspects of our programs- but they’re especially applicable to the Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in the Continue reading…

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Fighting unemployment and changing cultural norms

International Women’s Day is nearly upon us, so this is a good time to bring attention to women’s rights as they pertain to equal access to jobs and freedom from discrimination on the basis of gender. The Washington Post recently released a map illustrating women’s participation in the labor market around the world, and it’s no surprise that the MENA region ranks amongst the worst in the world for women’s participation. Given the concerning state of women’s involvement, TYO places heavy emphasis on empowering young women and girls to prepare them with the skills needed to succeed in the workplace. 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…