To achieve the HEYA’s programs final aims and deliverables, four main objectives are to be addressed.
“Women in the MENA region have access to policymaking mechanisms and their voices heard.”
“Capacity of women leaders increased on governance and public policy areas in order to play an equal role with men in societal affairs.”
“NGOs in the region are able to empower women leaders and to maintain the impact of WPCs.”
“Women leaders and their allies have increased interaction, mutual support and joint advocacy on women public participation at the national and regional levels.”
By setting up Women Policy Center, an institution for women to learn in an open forum without fear of prejudice or judgment to come to and be equipped with the knowledge needed to draft effective policy papers. This will be through the online platform to supplement the learning process where training manuals, videos and webinars can all be accessed to the participants. Once a participants training is complete, they in turn will be capable of writing and publishing their own policy papers. After a suitable number of papers have been submitted, a representative policy committee will review all policy papers to nominate those which will be published on the WPC online platform and made available to officials, women leaders and the general public. By the end of the project, two public events are to be hosted by each organization (60 in total), where women leaders present specially chosen policy proposals and discuss them with officials and community members.
The HEYA Program is delivering a set of training modules for Women leaders in order to increase their Knowledge and skills on Governance, Research and Elections. This will involve a Training Needs Assessment for all participating women leaders so as to assess women’s development needs and problems in the target communities from a public approach. A minimum improvement of 60% will give us a good indication that the HEYA program is delivering its objectives and contribution in building the capacity of the women leaders in order to taking part in formulating the public policies . As well as testing the participants to measure the extent of their learning at the Women Policy Center, round table discussions will be held on identified topics that affect women’s participation in the target countries.
In order to affect as many women as possible across the region, the HEYA Program has reached out to 5 different countries and 30 separate Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). In each country, AID-MENA has set up partnerships with partner NGOs who will not only implement their own Women’s Policy Center but also overlook 5 other NGOs that they have also partnered with. The women policy center not only works to support women in its targeted countries but to also empower women leaders and maintain the impact of the WPC; as well as increasing the interaction between women leaders and their allies and healthier mutual support and joint advocacy on women public participation at national and regional levels. The WPC project targeted more than 36 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) between the five countries, however, each country is overlooked by a Regional organization and another five local organizations are responsible for the WPC activities and promotion for the Women Policy Center. This center will serve as an independent policy platform for women to engage in monitoring and providing public policies in several development disciplines of their societies. A Policy Toolkit designed in collaboration with the partner NGOs, will in turn train their local NGOs how to use the newly developed Policy Toolkit. Capacity building workshops based on the results of the institutional needs assessment report will be conducted to build on the knowledge and skills of the NGO’s staff to carry out the project’s activities. This will include a BRIDGE TtF (Train the Facilitators) workshop conducted by AID-MENA to accredit members of the six NGO, 2 participants of whom will go on to become fully BRIDGE accredited per country.
Through more substantial interactions between women leaders, stakeholders and other allies, AID-MENA hope to expand upon their number of established networks on both the national and regional levels. By sharing in online media and advocacy campaigns, women are able to highlight the problems that hinder their ability to participate in decision making roles, whereby, as a result, raising the awareness of their outreach communities. To help achieve this, a YouTube channel will be established to upload and share videos to the viewing public. Finally, national public seminars organized to display all materials of the advocacy campaigns of each NGO will assist women’s increased participation in political and policymaking processes.