AFAEMME has start a new project called “Implementing Gender Policies in Decision-Making Positions is SME’s”, which had been previously developed in Catalonia and is now widen to other Spanish regions.

The aim of the project, which is subsidized by the Spanish Health and Social Politics Ministry, is to analyze the current situation of women in small and medium enterprises in Aragon, Cantabria, Valencia, Balearic Islands and Murcia, to finally establish which are the main factors that hamper a greater presence of women in decision-making positions and which are the best instruments for encouraging the implementation of measures that favor the access of women to the mentioned positions.

The project will be based on statistical information about women and SMEs in the five participating Spanish regions and on a qualitative study result of a serious of interviews and questionnaires done to Presidents of Businesswomen Associations and to businesswomen and businessmen of the mentioned regions.

The collected data and information will be captured in a report on the implementation of gender policies in decision-making positions is SMEs, which will be disseminated through our contacts, electronic news bulletins, AFAEMME’s website and through a seminar on the results of the study, to be hold in October 2010 in Barcelona.

The participating Businesswomen Associations are the Aragonian Businesswomen Association (ARAME), the Association of Balearic Businesswomen (ASEME Balearic Islands), the Association of Cantabrian Businesswomen (AMEC Cantabria), the Association of Businesswomen from Castellón (AMEC Castellón) and the Murcian Organization of Business- and Professional Women (OMEP).

THE NATIONAL CHAMBER OF BUSINESSWOMEN CONFIRMS THE CELEBRATION IN MARCH 2010 OF THE FIRST MEDITERRANEAN BUSINESSWOMEN FORUM, TO BE HOLD IN THE FRAME OF EXPOFEMINA

From left to right: Mrs. Bola Olabisi, Vice President of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of the UK and member of the Board of Directors of the European Union Women Inventors and Innovators Network (EUWIIN); Mrs. Benedetta Magri, Project Coordinator of the ILO in Turin; Mrs. Leyla Khaïat, Ex President of the Chambre Nationale des Femmes Chefs d'Entreprise of Tunisia; Mrs. Pilar Almagro, Director of Vertisub (Spain); Mrs. Mª Helena de Felipe Lehtonen, President of AFAEMME; and Mrs. Reem Barghouti, President of the Jordan Forum for Business & Professional Women.

AFAEMME’s member, the Tunisian Businesswomen Association, the Chambre Nationale des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises (CNFCE), has confirmed the celebration of the First Businesswomen Forum from March 31st to April 3rd 2010 in Hammamet (Tunisia).

The Forum will be realized in the frame of EXPOFEMINA, the International Exhibition of Products manufactured by Women Enterprises, in partnership with AFAEMME and in collaboration with the Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the Mediterranean (ASCAME) and the Cap Bon Chamber of Commerce.

The six days of fair and Forum will offer an enriching platform for exchange and commerce between women in the Mediterranean region and will contribute to identify new opportunities of commercial exchange and to the general promotion of women entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean.

AFAEMME WILL HOLD ITS ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN LEBANON, IN JULY 2010, COINCIDING WITH THE II MEDA WOMEN FORUM

AFAEMME will hold its annual General Assembly at the beginning of July 2010, in Beirut (Lebanon).

Coinciding with this event, the Lebanese Businesswomen Association (LBWA) will realize the second edition of the MEDA Women Forum, which will offer its participants a new opportunity to exchange experiences and good practices and to do networking.

As soon as more information about the Forum and the General Assembly will be available, we will immediately proceed to publish it in our webpage.

From left to right: Mrs. Leila Karami, President of the Lebanese Business Women Association; Mr. Habib Ben Yahia, Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union; Mrs. Mª Helena de Felipe Lehtonen, President of AFAEMME; and Mr. Amer M. Al-Bashir, First Deputy Mayor of Amman (Jordan).