Young Women as Job Creators I

Overall project value (EUR): 295.379,60 €
Date: April 2013 - April 2014
Scale of the investigations: Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Spain
Contract no: NONE. Funded by Gas Natural and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affaires
Coordinator: AFAEMME
Direct partners involved: Union for the Mediterranean, Catalan Association of Business and Executive Women (ACEE), Association des Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises du Maroc (AFEM) , Business and Professional Women Palestine, Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women (JFBPW)


Young Women as Job Creators was labeled by the Senior Officials of the Union for the Mediterranean in September 2011. The project promotes self-employment and entrepreneurship among young women university students who are about to graduate in Jordan, Morocco, Palestine and Spain, with an interest in starting their own business. The start of the project’s implementation is planned for early 2013, with duration of about one year.

The project’s focus is the organization of Women Entrepreneurship Days (WEDs), consisting of seminars which will provide the participants with free advice to create new businesses. TheWEDs will be hosted by local universities, faculties, higher education centres and similar agencies offering useful training, advice, motivation, key basics for setting up a company, involvement of role models and support while putting a special focus on women-related issues. Via this project, the talented young women finishing their tertiary education would be assisted in becoming successful businesswomen.

The project’s aim provides a valuable contribution to the sustainable development of the participating countries’ economies by increasing the number of women as business owners. It also enhances the intraregional cooperation and promotes equality in terms of women/men-led companies. While promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship as crucial components of economic growth, the project pushes at the same time for women’s empowerment and gender equality across the region.