Women’s occupation is still limited in Algeria, while women’s entrepreneurship represents an opportunity to improve women’s access to the labour market and to enhance women’s contribution to the country’s development.
For this reason, the Association des femmes en économie verte (Association of Women in Green Economy) - AFEV has chosen to analyse the barriers which impede women to create their own enterprises and the initiatives taken by the local institutions to promote women’s entrepreneurship. In order to do so, and since January 2017, AFEV is collecting data in collaboration with the local authorities and some public institutions which support companies run by women and through meeting women entrepreneurs. AFEV’s action will focus on the municipalities of Algiers-Centre and Bouzaréah and explore the obstacles which women have to fight to launch their own business.
The result of this mobilization action will be a diagnosis on the state of play of women’s entrepreneurship in Algeria, including statistics in the target region, and a project aimed at supporting women’s enterprises which will be designed in a collective manner. The findings of the diagnosis will be discussed and enriched in a conference which will be celebrated with the participation of local elected representatives from the wilaya of Algiers.
AFEV has been selected through a call for proposals promoted by the Foundation as part the project "Strengthening the capacities of actors working for gender equality" funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. AFEV is one of the 7 associations which is engaged in favour of women’s rights which will coordinate a local cluster of gender equality actors© in 2017.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 “Strengthening the capacities of equality actors” of the Priority Solidarity Fund “Women for the future in the Mediterranean” funded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women’s Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.