Under the patronage of H. E. Minister of Education
Business Women Forum concludes the Internship project “Wassalny”
Under the patronage of the Minister of Education, Dr. Sabri Saidam, Businesswomen Forum (BWF) concluded, during its closing ceremony in the city of Ramallah, internship project for female graduates (Wassalny) with the support of the US Consulate General in Jerusalem and the participation of companies from the private sector, members of BWF, and BWF’s Business Development Center. The idea of the project was to support a group of female graduates and provide them theoretical and practical training in the field of marketing and sales and link them with members of the Business Development Center, the technical arm of BWF, in order for them to prepare and implement marketing plans to promote the products the women produce. The project also entailed practical training in the marketing departments in companies of the private sector.
BWF's Vice president, Samira Hulileh, opened the ceremony stressing that this program was continuation of BWF's vision in training and creating employment opportunities for the new female graduates in addition to giving them the skills and capacities necessary to integrate into the labor market. The interns were able to know modern technology, which facilitated their access to new sources of information, wide networks of relationships, and creative ideas. Ms. Hulileh stressed also the BWF's endeavors to work in partnership with all parties to integrate efforts to serve Palestinian women. She also esteemed the role of the Ministry of Education for the tremendous efforts it plays in creating an entrepreneurial generation that grows and builds its country with its ideas. She, in turn, extends its gratitude to the US Consulate for supporting the project, its partnership with the Forum since 2007, and its continuous support to real developmental programs that contribute to raising and developing the role of Palestinian women and increasing the percentage of women employment in Palestine.
The official representative of the Ministry of Education and Head of the Gender Unit at the Ministry, Ms. Kholoud Nasser stressed on the Ministry's support of such creative projects that will enhance the role of women in the Palestinian society and particularly the labor market. It also praised the execution of the project not only at the implementation level, but also the extent of the positive impact and tangible results of the project on the female graduates and business owners.
Ms. Nasser added: "We are in need for such programs during study and not only after graduation. On the participation of women in the labor market, Ms. Nasser said: "We need to develop the awareness of the society to increase the acceptance of women in the labor market in addition to giving the women the freedom to choose fields of study. Ms. Nasser expressed that being part of the ceremony was a source of pride and hope for a bright and just future where the Palestinian woman gets her social, economic and political rights. She also thanked the BWF for its efforts for the success of such programs. She also commended the Consulate's faith in supporting and strengthening the role of the Palestinian woman through its continuous support of the Forum.
The US Consulate, by Robin Solomon, its Cultural Affairs Officer, thanked and commended the Forum for the efforts made for the success of this unique program, which particularly met the needs of interns and created jobs for them on one hand; and the wonderful practical experience obtained by small enterprise women owners on the other. She also commended the strong personality and uniqueness of the Palestinian women compared to many other women from several countries with whom she worked. Ms. Solomon also thanked the Ministry of Education for supporting the program and reiterated her Government's support of the economic development of women in Palestine, especially with the outstanding and quality participation of women in the economy.
Solomon expressed her pleasure in seeing a generation of young women who have become able to express their needs and identify the needs of women entrepreneurs.
BWF’s Executive Director, Ms. Doa Wadi, stressed that the program was a unique experience, a quantum leap, and a simulation of reality where forty young interns from different specializations and from all regions of the West Bank underwent. The forty interns were linked with twenty businesswomen from the Business Development Center. She also thanked the thirty private sector companies for the hands-on training they provided for young women. In turn, she praised the training programs received by the trainees over the period of six months by local and international experts.
Ms. Wadi thanked the interns and women entrepreneurs for their commitment to all the interventions made by the project and their passion of learning and development throughout the twelve months duration of the program. She stressed on the importance of partnership with the Ministry of Education through the memorandum of understanding the BWF signed with the Ministry.
Mais Sa'adah, an intern of the program from Nablus, said that she has achieved her dream of employment after finishing the training period of the program. While Yasmeen Hijjawi considered that the project as a quantum leap where she was able to identify a lot of companies, learned marketing ideas, and benefited from everyone's experiences.
The businesswoman and owner of the project "Great Night" Hanadi Mubslit said that she managed through the graduates to develop the website and homepage of the company on social networking sites in addition to developing high-quality brochures, video, and images to promote the project which increased the company's sales in a short period.
At the end of the ceremony, certificates were handed to the project participants and the best among five groups of female interns was selected to travel to Jordan in a networking study tour.