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Title: Applications Are Now Open: Athena MENA – The Women Mentoring Programme
Date: 28-May-2019
Location: Middle East & North Africa

Application Deadline: May 28, 2019 (12 Noon BST)

Athena MENA Mentoring Programme is dedicated to support 100 women
to become business and community leaders by 2020

Sharjah’s NAMA Women Advancement Establishment (NAMA) and the London-based international organization Global Thinkers Forum (GTF) have launched the Athena MENA Mentoring Programme to help women in the region to develop new skills and expertise, and to enhance, enrich and expand their professional and personal prospects.

The Athena MENA Mentoring Programme aims to develop the talents, abilities and business acumen of women above the age of 22, and provide them with support and networking opportunities and give them a deeper insight into modern business practices.

The programme offers guidance, mentorship, and professional advice for mentees by deepening their understanding of international markets and helping them with confidence-building.

Adopting scientific and practical strategies and clear action plans for the inclusion of women in local, regional and global economies, the programme encourages women to launch and set up their own enterprises, a forward-thinking scheme that leads to creating a generation of active women leaders.

The Global Thinkers Forum provides the Athena MENA Programme with an elite group of highly-experienced mentors, many of whom are CEOs and directors of leading international companies and organisations, to present workshops and training sessions to mentees.

The programme aims to benefit 100 women from the MENA region by 2020. The selected candidates are provided with a personalised development opportunity to address individual learning needs over a period of eight months.

Mentees Application here                   

Criteria for joining the Athena MENA Mentoring Programme
To be eligible to join the Athena MENA Mentoring Programme, women should be 22 or above, be from and reside in the MENA region and have good command of the English language. A Bachelor’s degree or five years of professional experience in one of the areas available for mentoring is desirable.

The Global Thinkers Forum (GTF) is a global platform that brings together a diverse network of thought leaders to share their visions of the future, create meaningful conversations around them and effect positive change in the world. Its mission focuses on three areas: accountable leadership, women’s empowerment and youth development. The Global Thinkers Forum launched its international mentoring programmes ‘Telemachus’ for youth and ‘Athena’ for women in 2015.

Established by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, NAMA Women Advancement Establishment is chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah.

NAMA’s core philosophy is to raise awareness that women are an indispensable human resource for the development of every nation. NAMA was conceived to go beyond the remit of supporting women and ensuring gender equality to a broader scope that aims to see women become influential key members of society, thereby enabling them to climb the ladder of success.

It encourages policies and legislation to support women and actively pursues programmes that support gender integration into all sectors and abolishes unjust practices and policies that discriminate against the advancement of women.

Sharjah Business Women Council, Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, NAMA Fund, Badiri Education and Development, and Anwan, fall under the umbrella of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment.



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