Impact: What is the impact of the work to date?
We have engaged since our start more than 6000 women from the local community in our workshops/events. in the first year alone we engaged 4500 women through 24 events/workshops. This is an indication on the need for more women based organisations, that supports women empowerment and development.
In a latest programs completed we graduated 28 local women form a six month program for women entrepreneurs. all 28 completed the program to the end, because it was addressing their direct needs.
We believe the impact we have made in the past few years will continue to grow, as our supports increase. our future goal is to enter different fields of business and development for women, by providing B2B workshops.
Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
Since day one of pitching we have had the same barrier and that is "Why women?" and being women heading the center. The other issue has always been the funding for women initiatives. Men in this country worry about how they will be perceived if they support women initiatives directly.
That has never stopped us and will not stop us now from succeeding towards our goals, unless we don't the FUNDING required.
Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)
We have a couple of strategies outlined for this coming year, one of which is the implementation of the home business policy, today it does not exist preventing a lot of women from doing business at home.
we are currently working on in Doha and the close surroundings, with current plans reaching the rural areas of Qatar, where women are really neglected and basic skills could increase their household incomes.
Leadership for young women, supporting the younger generation on the correct steps to take their lawful positions in society is a main strategy for this year.