The Academy for International Development-Middle East (AIDME) is implementing a three year development project in the Middle East and North Africa region. The project entitled “Arab Women’s Policy Center (WPC)” to be implemented jointly with six partner local organizations in six different countries in the MENA region (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Yemen) during 2013 – 2016.
Through the WPC project, AIDME is working to address some of the challenges facing women in the MENA region especially women political participation. The program overall goal is to increase women’s active participation in public spheres in MENA region for sustainable and gender equitable changes in policies and practice to ensure that the voice of women at all levels, including the poorest and most marginalized, is heard.
In the context of the above-mentioned project, AIDME implemented a ten-day BRIDGE train the facilitators workshop for group of women leaders and activists from WPC project partners from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, and Yemen. The workshop took place in Amman, Jordan in July 2016. The objective of the workshop was to accredit a group of female BRIDGE facilitators from the region. This group of female facilitators is to contribute to achieve AIDME objective to reach out and build the capacity of several women leaders and activists on governance and election in order to play an active role in decision making to increase women political participation as part of the WPC project in the MENA region.
Eighteen participants have successfully completed the “Train the Facilitators” workshop in Amman, Jordan. All participants were granted a BRIDGE certificate of completion of the first accreditation requirement (semi-accreditation).