UNIDO-UN Women Programme boosts women’s economic empowerment in Egypt


The Rabeha – meaning “winner” in Arabic – programme is jointly run by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UN Women Egypt. It aims at enhancing the economic wellbeing of at least 6,300 Egyptian women through increased access to employment and/or self-employment opportunities by 2024. The joint programme is funded by Global Affairs Canada and is being implemented in partnership with the National Council for Women, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency.

From January to April 2022, UNIDO made significant contributions to promoting a more conducive entrepreneurial eco-system for women entrepreneuership in Egypt through the delivery of an institutional capacity enhancement programme. This programme sought to enhance the quality and outreach of support-services targeting women entrepreneurs and employment seekers in four key governorates of Egypt (Beni Suef, Fayoum, Giza and Minya) and was offered to the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI); the Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Development Agency (MSMEDA); the Ministry of Youth and Sports (MoYS); the Ministry of Local Development (MoLD); and the Ministry of International Cooperation (MoIC).

“There is still a huge gender gap in business ownership in Egypt and UNIDO is committed to promoting gender equality”, said Ahmed Rezk, UNIDO Deputy Regional Director in Egypt. “Women should change the way they do business”.


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