Female social entrepreneurs from across the Arab world brought together by the Synergos Institute to collaborate and inspire
Amman(womeninjordan)— Braving the snow storm in Amman was only the first of many challenges shared by the more than 20 female social entrepreneurs who convened at the Dead Sea last month.
These female social entrepreneurs, who hail from countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Morocco, are members of the Synergos Institute’s network of social entrepreneurs, the largest such network in the Middle East. These individuals have created enterprises to fight poverty and inequality through their work in education, health, the environment, arts and culture, and community development. Acting on its belief that the intractable problems facing poor and marginalized communities can only be solved by systemic change through meaningful partnerships, the Synergos Institute, a global non-profit, created a network of these pioneering individuals to collaborate and share best practices.
Women make up close to 40% of the social entrepreneurs in this network. In addition to the struggles faced by any entrepreneur, these women face extra challenges due to customs, expectations, and norms which sometimes discourage women from taking leadership roles. As such, Synergos invests time and resources to bring these female leaders together in convenings which focus on capacity building, peer learning and networking. These convenings allow the entrepreneurs to share best practices, lessons learned and create a community of support.
This convening of female leaders took place at the Dead Sea on February 24-25, 2015. Participants focused on taking next steps to inspire and support collaboration among the network members throughout the region. By investing in female leadership in countries across the Middle East, Synergos is dedicated to supporting individuals who model its values of social justice, collaboration, compassion, responsibility and integrity and who are building the future of their countries.
“Synergos believes in investing in female leadership as a way of supporting economic growth and equality throughout the region. We hope to have more of these events in the future to create a space for our female network members to learn more from one another and develop a community of like-minded individuals who can support each other through challenges and successes” says Shashi Neerukonda, Synergos’ Program Manager for the Middle East and North Africa region.
Based in New York City, The Synergos Institute is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in solving complex problems of poverty and inequality by promoting and supporting collaborations among business, government, civil society, and marginalized communities. Over the course of more than 25 years, it has supported innovative initiatives in more than 30 countries and regions including Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border. It created its first network of social entrepreneurs in the Middle East in 2008. Since then, it has provided financial, technical, and strategic support to over 300 of the region’s most exceptional entrepreneurs. For more information, visit www.synergos.org.