Project profile — Empowering Women for Leadership Roles in the Middle East and North Africa Region


Forum of Federations (CA-CRA_ACR-3887251429)
2016-08-24 - 2024-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
EGM Europe, Arctic, Middle East and Magh

Country / region 

• Morocco (33.00%)
• Tunisia (33.00%)
• Jordan (34.00%)


• Democratic participation and civil society:
Democratic participation and civil society (15150) (70.00%)
Human rights (15160) (2.03%)
Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (27.97%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (principal objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to advance inclusiveness in governance in target countries, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. The political, cultural and historical conditions of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have caused women to remain in marginalized and underrepresented groups within political, civil society and academic spheres. Project activities include: (1) developing and delivering training sessions for women to enhance their leadership skills; (2) organizing and delivering outreach events on women’s leadership for university and high school students; (3) developing and producing publicly available material on inclusive governance practices and contemporary women leadership in the MENA region; and (4) establishing women’s leadership programs with select universities. The project expects to benefit up to 12,000 direct beneficiaries and approximately 48,000 indirect beneficiaries.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased participation of women in social, cultural and political power structures and decision-making; and (2) enhanced ability of women and men to positively shape government and non-governmental policies, programs, and activities that affect women’s inclusion in social, cultural and political spheres.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) trained 35 senior civil servants, including 26 women and gender focal points, from seven ministries. This training improved their knowledge of how to plan and implement public policies that take gender equality into account; (2) trained 40 civil servants from the Ministry of the Interior in handling cases of violence against women. This training focused on knowledge of the legal framework, the rights of women victims of violence and best practices for dealing with women and children who are victims of cyber-violence; (3) enhanced the capacities of 45 senior civil servants, including 10 men and 35 women, who deepened their understanding of gender-responsive budgeting (GRB). The training particularly enhanced their ability to prepare sectoral action plans for gender mainstreaming and institutionalization, and to promote gender equality at all levels of the public budgeting process. During this training, gender-sensitive budgeting sheets explaining how to integrate gender into ministerial budgeting processes were developed; and (4) accompanied 250 women artisans, spread over six governorates of Tataouine, Médenine, Gabès, Gafsa, Tozeur and Kébili. This will enable them to move upmarket and diversify their outlets, while highlighting the cultural value of their products as part of their ancestral heritage.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
23-05-2023 Disbursement $1,423,631
09-01-2024 Disbursement $259,897
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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