Forty businesswomen and entrepreneurs from several countries, including Morocco, took part, Thursday, January 14, in the virtual launch of the United Women’s Economic Development Network. This event, which saw the participation of women from the United States, Bahrain, Morocco, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Uzbekistan, and Kosovo, was organized by the US Goodwill Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, Kelley Currie, US Special Envoy for Economic Standardization Aryeh Lightstone, as well as the Vice President of the American International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and Managing Director for Women’s Issues around the world, Charity Wallace.
In a statement, the US State Department said that the launch of this Network comes in the wake of the Abrahamic Accords in 2020, noting that the signatory countries have worked to “establish a warm and inclusive peace and develop economic partnerships between countries”. “In order to achieve these goals, advancing the economic empowerment of women is necessary,” said US diplomacy. “The United Women’s Economic Development Network will serve as a platform to build bonds and trust among women in each country, deepening the broader regional cooperation promised by the Abrahamic Accords,” reads.
Addressing the participants in this event, Mr. Lightstone stressed that female entrepreneurship in the member countries of this Network has “unlimited potential”. The birth of the Network comes in the wake of the announcement last week of the 2X MENA initiative, launched in Morocco by Ambassador Currie and Ms. Wallace, said the statement from the US State Department. The said initiative will mobilize one billion dollars of investments in projects that will advance the economic empowerment of women in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).