"HEYA" Launches its First Regional Conference on Environmental

Since its launching in December 2013, “HEYA” program succeeded in building up an accelerating momentum

 a critical mass of women who are  sensitized, trained and motivated to participate in public policies monitoring, developing and implementation .

Academy for International Development Middle East and North Africa (AID-MENA) in collaboration with the Arab Federation for Youth and Environment and “HEYA” umbrella and community based organizations in Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Yemen and Jordan set the platform for organizing and launching the first Regional Conference on Sustainable Development by the local women leaders.
“HEYA” is a multi-channel three-year integrated program aims at  increasing  women’s active participation in public spheres in MENA region for sustainable and gender equitable  changes in policies and practices ensuring that the voices of women, especially those who are living in less advantaged communities are heard and considered in the policy making and decision making processes.” Said Ahmed Abdel Wahed, Chairman of the AID/MENA.
Five trained women will represent each of HEAY’s countries in this conference to work collaboratively with each other and with technical assistance and guidance from the environment experts of the Arabic Union of Youth and Environment to develop five local and country based public policy statements to address the most pressing environmental issues in their respective countries.
“This regional opportunity provides me and all my women colleagues with a great opportunity and venue to develop partnerships and practice what we have trained on by “HEYA” program’s activities to serve our communities and countries”. Said Mrs. Hanan El Shiby one of “HEYA” trainee in Egypt.
Although the nature and burden of environmental problems in each of the five countries vary, the issue of environmental sustainability remains a common pressing issue in all the five countries and started to attract more attention through the active women leaders and local organisations.

HEAY program is funded by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) within its regional initiatives to empower women and provide regional platform for experience sharing and skills transfer.
“Over the past nine months, HEAY program managed to develop partnerships and working relationships with more than 30 local organizations and reach more than 3000 women” Said Ahmed El Assal – HEYA Regional officer.
​HEYA National Coordinator​s​ in ​Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen​ emphasized on the importance of HEAY program efforts in providing capacity building and institutional strengthening activities to support the local implementing organizations in developing more activities in this field beyond the life of the project.
“HEAY program is developed to be sustained by local women, local organizations and structures as a regional comprehensive formula to change the norm, nature and effectiveness of women’s participation in political life in MENA region” add Mr. Abd El Wahed.