The Womanity Foundation undertakes programs to empower and educate girls and women in developing countries to shape their future and accelerate progress within their communities.
Between 2017 and 2019 Womanity will expand the program Girls Can Code to four schools and complement its offer with preparatory classes in English (in grade 10) and in basic computer literacy (in grade 11), to better prepare students to the Introduction to Coding and Web Development (Girls Can Code) in grade 12 as required by the domestic labour market. The aim of this program is to meet the skills’ gap in Afghanistan’s labour market in ICT, specifically computer literacy and coding, as well as English. The program offers also a internship/job placement service to students.
The Womanity Foundation, in partnership with Radio Nisaa Broadcasting Company, established Radio Nisaa FM, the first commercial women’s radio station and website in the Middle East, in late 2009. The station aims to change the stereotypical image of women in the Palestinian media.
The project, Nisaa Network, intends to revolutionize the media industry and nurtures networks of partners across the region. By 2019, Nisaa Network will coordinate a network of min. 10-12 like-minded media outlets who produce at least one program in cooperation every year and adopt policies and procedures, jointly developed, on gender equality in media (both in the management structure and in the content production). Nisaa Network organizes one annual regional conference on the role of women in media (and in the society) addressing the media industry in the region with the objective to influence a culture of equal opportunities, equal voices and fair representation for women and men in media.
Womanity and its programme partners produced an exclusive Arabic radio fiction, Worth 100 Men (Be 100 Ragl in Arabic). The series follows the story of Noha, an intrepid young radio journalist, who confronts gender discrimination in the workforce, in family, and the social sphere. We used ‘edutainment’ strategies to lead the audience through a learning process towards positive behavioural changes.
Between 2017 and 2019 Goodwall, the Swiss International School of Dubai (SISD), and Womanity will offer two different Scholarships to female students in the Middle East and Northern Africa who have had a positive and lasting impact in their communities or have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills. We’re looking for role-models who are capable of inspiring others to have a positive impact on their own communities.
Given every two years, the Womanity Award is presented to two recipients who work in partnership, with the Foundation’s financial and technical support. The Foundation fosters connections to professional services, supports learning visits and in depth work around monitoring and evaluation, and provides any relevant expertise and resources necessary for the replication and scaling up of the innovation. The partnership lasts for three years.
The WomenChangeMakers program supports outstanding individuals whose projects have the power to generate progress for women. The program aims to identify, support, and connect leading social entrepreneurs addressing women’s access to education and healthcare, and economic and political participation.