Women in Technology (WIT) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region was funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State, managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) West Coast Center and implemented in collaboration with local partners in nine countries: Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Yemen. Since its launch in 2005, WIT trained over 11,000 women and built the capacity of nearly 60 local women’s organizations in the Middle East.
Women in Technology (WIT) empowered women and expanded their participation in the workforce and civil society by providing local Partner Organizations, and the women they serve, with cutting-edge training in business planning, professional development, information technology and entrepreneurship.
- To provide substantial capacity building to Partner Organizations to expand their reach, sustainability and ability to serve low and middle income women in underserved areas.
- To create a strong base of women with vital IT, business and professional development skills, enabling them to advance personally and professionally.
- To empower women to play an integral role in shaping their country’s future.
WIT's training, coaching and resources enabled Partner Organizations to develop a plan to operate a women's training center on a cost-recovery basis. This unique sustainable model empowered women's organizations to employ trainers, pay overhead costs and offer scholarships.