Women administrators in Malta host US-sponsored course for aspiring women entrepreneurs
The NGO Women Directors in Malta (WDM) was created in 2015 to act as a pressure group to promote more women in decision-making positions. Since 1996, more female students have graduated from the University of Malta than male students, so after 25 years one would expect more top-level positions to be filled by more women.
However, this is not the case. In fact, Malta only scores 37.5 points in the power indicator of the European Institute for Gender Equality index. The EU as a whole is the weakest in this area, with an average of 55.
One of the EU projects that WDM is engaged in is the development of an online course, called “Women in Power”, offering an introduction to gender equality themes and concepts. It was led by a Spanish entity and seven partners participated in the project.
WDM’s latest project is the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) course, which aims to provide women with knowledge on how to start and run their own businesses. The course is sponsored by the US Department of State and is taught in more than 70 countries around the world. WDM is the first entity to facilitate this course in Malta.
The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) course aims to provide women with knowledge on how to start and run their own business.
The course itself is hosted by the Thunderbird Global School of Management at the University of Arizona. It is provided through online modules, covering different aspects of running a business, including marketing, finance and human resources.
Each week two WDM facilitators, Rose Marie Azzopardi and Sonya Sammut, met online with the participants and provided the Maltese perspective. They enriched the material presented in the online modules and colored the meetings with guest speakers from different industries. The two-hour meetings were interactive and allowed participants to discuss their business potential.
During the course, participants also developed their own business plan. At the end of the course, a competition was held in which participants presented their business plans and ideas to a selection committee made up of representatives from Malta Enterprise, the University of Malta and the Embassy of Malta. United States to Malta. Three winners each received US $ 2,000 as seed money.
The AWE 24 graduate certificate ceremony was held on December 10, during which the three winners of the competition were announced. A reception was subsequently held, sponsored by the United States Embassy in Malta. During the event, WDM President Azzopardi thanked the United States Embassy in Malta for their hospitality, for making the AWE program available to women in Malta and for their assistance throughout the program in 2021.
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