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Uday has been facilitating a programme to develop creative, critical thinking and entrepreneurial skills in Cairo. The project is to empower and upskill 60 young women from all over Egypt, many of whom are disadvantaged in the labour market. The programme has been run in partnership with Ashoka Arab World. The project known as Young Changemakehers is part of the British Council DICE programme (Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies). Young Changemakehers builds on the long established British Council Young Changemakers programme.
All 60 women came with ideas or existing projects that will lead to a creative or social impact enterprise. Workshops were spread over a 6-month period. Participants were pushed hard to develop their own mental and creative skills as well as developing strategies, grasping marketing and finance skills and learning how to pitch their ideas to panels of professional female judges
The project has been a resounding success with a variety of projects that have launched, networks and partnerships created and the development of a cohort of very determined and focussed female entrepreneurs
The programme concludes over the last week in November where finalists will be chosen to receive cash and support awards to scale their projects