Jordan: Med Businesswomen's seminar for women graduates

Teaching young Jordanian women how to become entrepreneurs

05 November, 19:28

    (ANSAmed) - AMMAN, NOVEMBER 5 - Dozens of young Jordanian women have concluded a seminar in Amman under the patronage of the Association of Organizations of Mediterranean Businesswomen (AFAEMME) on how to create new businesses.

    Up-and-coming businesswomen learned about market research, legal planning, setting up logistical support and financial issues including generating financial support.

    Organized by the Jordan Business Forum, the event focused on helping ambitious women graduates find a place in the business world through meetings with leading businesswomen.

    The event is part of a series of Women Entrepreneurship Days named ''Young Women as Job Creators.'' Jordan Business Forum President Reem Barghouty highlighted the importance of women in the job market. Saying young women in Jordan are capable of facing challenges, she called for more support for young entrepreneurs.

    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Director Heike Harmgart told attendees about the importance of such initiatives and about EBRD opportunities for young entrepreneurs.

    Other participants included a representative from the Ahli Microfinance Company and leading businesswomen who shared their professional experiences with the public.

    Jordanian women graduates suffer from 30% unemployment, while women make up more than 60% of university students, according to the department of statistics.

    The project is being implemented in several Mediterranean countries including Morocco, Palestine and Spain with the support of its member organizations such as the Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women (JFBPW), the Association des Femmes Chefs d'Entreprises du Maroc (AFEM), the Business and Professional Women Ramallah Club (BPW-Ramallah) and the Catalan Association of Business and Executive Women (ACEE).

    ''The event provided them with an opportunity to express and explore their aspirations. It gave them self-confidence and also provided direct support for business start-ups'', organizers said.

    Launched in Barcelona in 2002, AFAEMME is made up of 41 member organizations from 22 Mediterranean countries. It coordinates business and gender equality projects, carries out ground-breaking research, and functions as a networking platform for businesswomen and women entrepreneurs from all over the Mediterranean.

    It also lobbies for gender equality and to facilitate women's access to decision-making positions in the economy.


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