In order to get women a ‘seat at the table', WCI’s Political Participation & Civic Engagement curriculum trains women in political participation, campaign skills, and community involvement. Through working with elected officials, women's caucuses and other relevant groups, WCI provides training and assistance to increase local women's ability to participate in decision-making processes on local, state and national levels.
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA
From 2011-2013, WCI helped form the ALWANE Coalition with the support of the U.S. Department of State. The coalition included activists, entrepreneurs and youth committed to social change and gender equality across the Middle East and North Africa. The Coalition was comprised of 17 national committees and more than 100 committed public and private sector partners working to identify the most pressing issues facing women in the MENA region, and to design and implement nation-wide awareness campaigns. WCI provided the channels essential for the committees' outreach, and support their efforts to raise additional funds and establish the necessary partnerships to ensure long term sustainability and impact. WCI worked to establish the ALWANE Coalition as the foundation for sustained collaboration between leaders in the MENA region and within their individual countries.
Some examples of the country-specific programs WCI conducted include:
Bahrain: Women and E-Commerce
Kuwait: Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health
Iraq: Youth-to-Lead Media Campaign
Palestine: Social Media for Youth Advocacy; Job Skills for Young Women
Saudi Arabia: Women in Business; Women's Legal Rights