Under the Patronage of NCARE Director General; Dr. Fawzi Al-Sheyab , and with the support of The Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI), managed by The International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), The National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE) in Jordan hosted a graduation ceremony celebrating 20 females from three different national Community Based Organizations (CBOs) who completed the "Peer to Peer Training to Promote Participation and Prosperity Project", one of The Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Projects. The project aimed at raising local communities' awareness on women's role in income generating activities for poverty reduction and development.
This project was funded through the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). MEPI is a unique program designed to engage directly with and invest in the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). MEPI works to create vibrant partnerships with citizens to foster the development of pluralistic, participatory, and prosperous societies throughout the MENA region. MEPI partners with local, regional and international non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academic institutions, and governments. More information about MEPI can be found at: www.mepi.state.gov.
Dr. Al-Sheyab, in his opening remarks, emphasized the importance of equipping and empowering women to promote their social status within the local communities. The project, which lasted for a year and a half, was implemented by NCARE Socio-Economic Directorate in partnership with three local CBOs in Mwaqqar District; Ngera Cooperative for Social and Charitable Causes, Mawakeb Al-Noor Women Cooperative for Charitable Causes, and Al-Khudair Women Cooperative for Social Development. Project manager, Dr. Samia Akroush indicated that this project enabled the three CBOs to establish efficient associations able to enhance women's participation in civil society and empower them socially and economically.
Eleven training courses, implemented within this project, included many topics related to leadership skills such as managing associations, manufacturing value added products, and principles in marketing agricultural products. Certificates of completion were awarded at the end of the ceremony to 20 rural women in the presence of representatives from MEPI, ICARDA, University of Florida, and other interested parties.