Senteurs d'Orient is actively committed to improving the lives of women and gender equality. In 2011, we have founded the Senteurs Women Initiatives, a program in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme to empower and educate Women in Lebanon.
We are dedicated to the power of education so that women in Lebanon may attain their goals through educational as well as career opportunities, and our partnership with the United Nations Development Programme is an integral part of our vision.
Every year, Senteurs Women Initiatives selects a local non-profit grassroots organization to enable Lebanese stakeholders to implement projects addressing the empowerment of women, and to reach as many of them regardless of religion or area. It is through annual vocational trainings, IT trainings, awareness raising activities or business skills development workshops; we give women the knowledge and the tools to empower themselves.
Through this Senteurs Women's Initiative, we support key activities, which are aimed at achieving several of its Sustainable Development Goals, notably goal #5 - Gender equality; and like the UNDP, we believe women have a vital role to play as agents of development.
In 2017, Senteurs Women Initiatives empowered more than 150 women across the country.
In addition to the Senteurs Women Initiatives program, we, at Senteurs d'Orient, proudly hires women in all positions in our atelier. While offering them an income, we help build professional skills. These women, who we are proud to have part of our family, have control over their own decisions and can choose how best to support their families.
Senteurs d'Orient, in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of State for Economic Empowerment of Women and Youth (EEWAY) and UNDP, launched on the 30th of September 2019 a competition for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to support the Lebanese Women Entrepreneurship ecosystem. The project “Training & Mentoring Services to Strengthen Women Entrepreneurship” will provide women entrepreneurs with the knowledge & skills needed to strengthen their businesses. For more information and application, please visit the UNDP website.