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Masooma Sibtain: Advocating for Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan

04.18.2018
Masooma Sibtain is a pioneer in Pakistan, an entrepreneur who is paving the way and inspiring other businesswomen to take on leadership roles in her country and throughout South Asia. In a particularly notable accomplishment, she was the first woman elected vice president of the Federation of Pakis...

Four Ways to Strengthen Women’s Economic Empowerment Programs

04.17.2018
Can women’s empowerment programs cause meaningful change? On March 26, 2018, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) facilitated a webinar with partners and participants from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to discuss this question. Raja’ Hamayel, the Chair of the ...

What Can Be Done to Effectively Combat Cyber Violence Against Women and Girls?

04.12.2018
We live in the era of information and communication technologies (ICTs), which allow people around the world to connect, network, and exchange ideas in a way that was not possible before. This opens endless opportunities for communication, as well new dangers and challenges. Just like in the real w...

Closing the Global Gender Gap

03.29.2018
Women entrepreneurs offer a myriad of benefits for their economies and societies over all. Yet, around the world, there are still many barriers to women starting businesses. This year’s International Women’s Day campaign—Press for Progress—focused on addressing an alarming projection: at th...

Bridging Jordan’s Gender Gap

03.27.2018
While the men’s workforce participation rate in Jordan is roughly 87%, the rate for women is only 22%. The contrast is stark, but the cause is less obvious. Although cultural expectations partially explain this gap (Jordanian women are much less likely to continue working after getting married an...

Democracy that Delivers #110: U.S. Embassy’s Brad Coley on PNG

03.20.2018 |
The CIPE-supported Women’s Business Resource Centre (WBRC) in Papua New Guinea has helped more than 1,000 women since opening its doors in late 2016. Women in the Pacific island nation, located near Australia, are considered to be among the most oppressed in the world. They have few rights and do...

Helping Women Start and Grow Businesses in Jordan

03.13.2018
The Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women Helps Women Establish and Grow Successful Businesses in Jordan. CIPE’s work described in this story was made possible by a grant from USAID LENS to support and upgrade the services of business associations in Jordan to better serve their micro ...

New Global Consortium Takes Holistic Approach to Empowering Women and Girls

03.08.2018
The benefits of women’s economic empowerment are clear and well documented. When women are economically empowered, communities and families prosper. When more women participate in the labor force and civil society, they not only contribute to more inclusive economic growth but also lead governmen...
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