In the framework of the implementation of the second phase of the project "The Way Forward after the Revolution- Decent Work for Women in Egypt and Tunisia" funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and the ongoing project "Promoting Gender-Responsive Workplaces in Egypt" project funded by the Embassy of the Netherlands, the ILO in Cairo seeks to support its constituents (Governments, workers and employers) to address the challenges women are facing mainly the need to enhance women’s employability by increasing their skills and knowledge, to improve respect towards gender equality, and enhance the process of efficient social dialogue practices.
The projects, in close collaboration with the Bureau for Employers' Activities (ACT/EMP), provided and will continue to provide support to promote gender equality at work in Egypt, with a focus on the private sector, and the employer organization in Egypt i.e. the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI). With the support of the ILO, the FEI has established three new units on labour affairs, corporate social responsibilities and women in business.
Within this context, the ILO has collaborated with the FEI in the last few years and the collaboration led to the increase in number of women in the FEI board, the publication of the Women Entrepreneurship Development (WED) Assessment report and lately the establishment of a Social Academy entitled "Human Resources Academy: strategies and practical solutions for better HR and gender policies” which is a tailored-made training cycle for HR directors and other managers offered as a service by the FEI for its members.