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Offer: First Regional Conference on Advancing Young Women Leaders in the Arab Gulf States

Young Women Leaders

The Young Women Leaders (YWL) program at the Lebanese American University (LAU) aims to build the leadership skills of women rights activists from the Gulf States in 2009 and 2010. Participants’ travel, accommodation, and program fees are fully funded. The program is sponsored in partnership with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI).

This project is funded through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). MEPI is a unique program designed to engage directly with and invest in the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). MEPI works to create vibrant partnerships with citizens to foster the development of pluralistic, participatory, and prosperous societies throughout the MENA region. MEPI partners with local, regional and international non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academic institutions, and governments. More information about MEPI can be found at: www.mepi.state.gov

The program has various components: the first is a women leadership capacity building sessions offered during the summer of 2009 at the Lebanese American University (LAU) and delivered by its various institutes with a leading role by the Institute for Women Studies in the Arab World (IWSAW). The 2009 summer module at LAU offered participants skills in women rights advocacy and leadership roles. Upon their graduation, participants received Women Rights Leadership Certificates.

The second component of the program consists of participants planning and implementing small advocacy projects with other YWL from their own country. The small projects aim was to raise awareness about key women issues and to promote women rights in the community. The projects’ implementations were mentored by LAU faculty and in-country partner organizations. A Road Tour Showcase of the projects will be touring the Gulf countries where the Young Women Leaders present their projects to general audience.

A three-day Gulf leadership conference concludes the program where best leadership practices are shared. The Conference will launch a Women Leadership Network (WLN) that includes YWL graduates who in turn will become mentors for future YWL program participants.

The first regional conference to promote young women's leadership in the Arab Gulf States

November 28 to 30 / noڤMBR 2010 in Beirut - Lebanon

For the empowerment of young women leaders in the Arab Gulf States in support of:
• early learning for girls
• strengthen the enactment of equality in social security
• promote employment opportunities in women
• Empowerment of women in the management and the establishment of small businesses
• Communication between women's associations, civil and governmental

Conditions for participation

This conference is a platform for exchanging views and experiences of Applied young women leaders in the Gulf. The participants progress and view the projects and proposals, studies and research aimed at advancing the status of women in society by shedding light on the ways of effective leadership in young women.
The participant / her progress the proposed project or study in Arabic or English to the Conference Committee that does not exceed 4000 words and should focus on the object and one or more of the conference topics and contains the following.

Title, name of the participant / e, address, and the means of communication
Summary of the project or the study of about 200 words
Description of the background and importance of
Relevancy objectives of the Conference
Review what has been achieved in the country or region in this framework
What are the lessons learned and how to develop and sustainability?
How can activate Doralkiedat in young women in this context?
What are the plans of the proposed work?
Short Biography

Will be selected between 15 to 20 draft study by the Conference Committee of the Organization and give the owners an invitation to travel to a three-day visit to Beirut to present their work with full travel expenses and participation. Winners will be notified to participate in the 4 October 2010.

Send the proposed project or study to Dr. Harati Nabulp e-mail address ywl@lau.edu.lb before 30 September 2010. For further information please visit our website at: Www.ywl.lau.edu.lb

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