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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 unemployement 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 Continue reading…

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A New Year for Women’s Empowerment: Looking Back, Moving Forward

As the world rings in the new year, we’re excited and expectant for all that is to come in 2014- yet we’re also taking time to celebrate and contemplate some of the major achievements, opportunities, and challenges for women’s rights this year both around the world- and right here in Palestine. You might’ve seen some of the excellent reviews of this year’s gender equality news- from this UN Women timeline of major strides made in women’s empowerment to The Guardian’s analysis of girls’ rights this year. Whether it’s Malala’s inspiring speech at the United Nations, activism in Saudi Arabia for Continue reading…

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From TYO Classroom To Her Very Own: Catching Up with Entrepreneur Nuhood

Nuhood Yahya is a former participant in TYO’s WISE Program, a previous women’s entrepreneurship project between TYO and the Paltel Group Foundatoin that ran from July 2012 to July 2013. Originally, Nuhood joined WISE after attempting to open her own business in 2011, but facing a lack of capital and feeling as though she needed more training to succeed. After a year’s worth of coaching, individual services, and confidence-building activities, Nuhood took what she learned in TYO classrooms and applied it in her own classrooms- as a female entrepreneur launching the only educational center in the Al-Araqa village near Jenin, Continue reading…

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Thinking Global, Acting Local: TYO Participates in Global Entrepreneurship Week

Last week, the Thompson Reuters Foundation released results from its third annual gender survey of the Middle East- compiling the expertise and insight of specialists in women’s rights to give a snapshot of gender equity in the region. Of the 22 Arab states surveyed, Palestine ranked 15th in terms of women’s rights- with setbacks like high rates of domestic violence, a lack of reproductive rights, and early marriage causing this low status. Yet it also highlights a major factor that’s causing Palestine to fall behind: only 17% of women are employed. But this week, TYO is proud to join over Continue reading…

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Minding the Gap: Making Progress for Women’s Economic Participation in Palestine

The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently released the Global Gender Gap Report, an annual publication that documents gender equality around the globe- and from the BBC to Buzzfeed, there’s been a lot of chatter about its results. The report measures the gaps between women and men throughout the globe in four key areas: health, education, economics, and politics. The data presented in the report has prompted ample discussion about the best- and worst-places on earth to be a woman, given major gaps in areas like access to healthcare, ability to participate in the community, and rights to education. And while progress Continue reading…

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From Sweden to Morocco: Ayat & She Entrepreneurs

A native of Nablus, Ayat Atallah is a female entrepreneur who participated in both TYO’s Women’s Incubation Services for Entrepreneurs (WISE) Program and Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus (FWEN) programs. Ayat’s business, Takween, provides natural compost for farmers and homes, while also promoting environmental awareness in Palestine. In October 2013, Ayat traveled to Morocco to continue her participation in  She Entrepreneurs- a one year program focused on developing female social entrepreneurs through mentoring and networking. This latest trip was a continuation of Ayat’s travels to Sweden earlier this year with the program. Below, Ayat tells us about some of her experiences in Morocco, and how it Continue reading…

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Malala’s 16th Birthday- and What it Means for Palestine

For many girls around the world, turning 16 is an exciting time- but last Friday, Malala Yousafzai marked her 16th birthday in an unbelievable way that’s sure to have lasting impact for women of all ages around the world. As you might recall, Malala is the young Pakistani school girl tragically shot last October for speaking up about her right to education. Yet in the months since then, Malala’s health has made remarkable progress- and that’s why United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon invited her to spend her birthday at the United Nations in New York last week to Continue reading…

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Millennium Development Goals & Female Entrepreneurs in the Middle East

Most days at TYO, you’re likely to find our classrooms and conference room filled with eager members of The Women’s Group- and you’ll probably spot a few of Palestine’s businesswoman hard at work in some of our incubation offices, as well. But this month, you also might’ve seen our Women’s Empowerment Program staff all throughout the northern West Bank- from Tulkarem to Tubas, we’ve been out and about meeting female entrepreneurs who might be interested in joining FWEME (Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East), our latest women’s economic empowerment partnership with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. Whether talking to a college Continue reading…