We are not alone was the beautiful conclusion of a group of female leaders from different Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) countries after a week’s visit to the Netherlands.
In October we had the honour to provide our Brilliant Entrepreneur training to a group of very diverse women. What they all had in common are their braveness and their determination. These were why they were chosen by the Netherlands Embassies in their countries as influential leaders with the power to change the situation for the better for women, communities and society in their countries. The women work in different areas of society including fighting for human and women’s rights, fighting corruption, promoting women’s economic empowerment and banking. Some of them risk their own lives by their actions.
Since it is not common for women in the MENA region to be outspoken and at the forefront, they often feel isolated and that they are working alone. During the week in the Netherlands, they realised how much they had in common with each other and how this supports them in the work they do. Stories and tears were shed, but there was also a lot of laughter and fun.
Talents and projects
The Brilliant Entrepreneur helped them to identify their talents, which not only further strengthens them, but also created awareness that everyone has a talent and you can motivate others to get this talent come out. The participants’ talents ranged from ‘getting to the core’ to ‘challenger’.
With our support, they designed a project and a goal that they will have achieved by October next year when we will see them again. The participants from Egypt and Morocco plan to set up a web shop to sell crafts made by disadvantaged women. Another participant’s target is to have her proposal and research question for a PhD ready. We are looking forward to seeing them all again next year!