Management Response

: Egypt
: 2018 - 2018 , Egypt (CO)
: Final Evaluation of Promoting Women's Employment by Creating Safe and Women-Friendly Workplaces Programme (Women's Employment Promotion Programme - WEPP)
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: Egypt
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UN Women will continue to strengthen and build the capacity of rural women to ensure their integration in the market labor force, while securing safe working environments for them.

: Approved
Recommendation: More inclusive measures are needed in future projects that include men beneficiaries (future husbands) at community level as well as field officers/ middle managers at the agribusiness firms.
Management Response: UN Women will carry this out through various awareness raising and advocacy activities that target men more specifically in coordination with local community-based organizations. At community level, these activities could target youth and adolescents in schools and clubs as well as young men in secondary and tertiary education. Activities could include on-the-ground advocacy campaigns that promote women as workers and leaders in the agricultural sector, break gender stereotypes and address barriers to women’s employment.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Advocacy
Organizational Priorities: Youth engagement, Engaging men and boys
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Sustainability, Impact
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Implement awareness raising and advocacy activities engaging men and boys through UN Women's various programme portfolios UN Women 2022/12 Ongoing
Recommendation: Continue to focus on interventions that provide spaces for vulnerable rural women to engage with men and hence facilitate social cohesion between them.
Management Response: UN Women will promote the implementation of joint income generating projects such as cooperatives, or farming ventures that will help open-up windows for integrating and retaining women in the paid economy.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Sustainability, Impact
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Cluster women in joint income generating projects that they run and manage by themselves UN Women and stakeholders involved in women's economic empowerment programmes 2022/12 Initiated
Recommendation: Work at policy level to push for legislation that ensures secure and safe working environment and social protection for women working in the agriculture sector, whether they are seasonal or permanent workers.
Management Response: This could be done through coordination between the Agriculture Committee at the Parliament and the relevant ministries and the National Council for Women (NCW). Activities should also include securing medical and social insurance and pension scheme for working women in the agriculture sector.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: National ownership
Organizational Priorities: Normative Support
UNEG Criteria: Impact, Sustainability, Effectiveness
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Discussion with NCW to lobby for seasonal agricultural workers to receive social insurance and pension schemes UN Women and stakeholders involved in women's economic empowerment programmes 2022/12 Initiated
Recommendation: Plan beforehand career advancement opportunities including capacity building and skills development for women workers – similar to other men employees –to retain skilled women and achieve equality in job opportunities and associated benefits, inside the firm
Management Response: Following up with agribusiness firms in the project to implement action points
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability, Effectiveness, Impact
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Coordination for exchange visits with peer firms, either in Egypt or abroad, via collaboration with the commercial chambers Agribusiness firms 2022/12 Ongoing
Organize a workshop moderated by a national HR expert to support the design phase of policies for women’s career advancement Agribusiness firms 2022/12 Ongoing
Conduct an annual assessment report on employees’ benefits and compensation packages to help plan ahead appropriately Agribusiness firms 2022/12 Ongoing
Recommendation: Build a training of trainers (ToT) team of women specialized in the technical practices required for the farming and packaging operations to train new workers and raise awareness on available benefits and existing mechanisms / policies.
Management Response: Follow up with agribusiness firms in the project for the implementation of action points.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Sustainability, Impact
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Selection of qualified women trained through the project and capitalize on their skills Agribusiness firms 2022/12 Ongoing
Recommendation: Follow-up on the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)
Management Response: UN Women will advocate for the adoption and application of the WEPs by the private sector
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability, Effectiveness, Impact
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Participate in events and activities to promote WEPs UN Women 2022/12 Ongoing
Recommendation: Develop a business case to document strong evidence and success stories of the participating firms who adopted the WEPs
Management Response: UN Women reflected the WEPs through "the business case for improving women's working conditions in the agribusiness sector in Egypt"
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Knowledge management
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Sustainability, Impact
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Publish and disseminate the business case through public events, UN Women website, social media etc. for others to replicate the model in the private sector UN Women 2022/12 Ongoing
Recommendation: Future programming should focus on needs assessments on firms value chains and market demand, direct implementation through CBOs rather than INGOs, and plan for sufficient duration of the inception phase, develop a robust M&E system since inception
Management Response: This recommendation has been taken into account for upcoming programmes in the pipeline.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Internal coordination and communication
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability, Effectiveness, Impact
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
UN Women ECO is moving towards having a call for proposals to invite CBOs based on the Annual Work Plan and progress indicators are define in the inception of all programmes in the pipeline. In addition, UN Women is identifying entry points for women's economic opportunities, and building their soft and technical skills and job related capacities for its ongoing and upcoming programmes. UN Women is also ensuring an ample time for the inception phase of its programmes. UN Women 2022/12 Ongoing
Recommendation: Future programming focusing on women’s economic empowerment may benefit from incorporating income-generating interventions and saving groups, known as the village savings and loans associations (VSLAs) that can address the priority needs of vulnerable rural women and provide an opportunity for women to learn about basic financial management, how to save money and access peer supported credit.
Management Response: The VSLA modality and financial literacy are being implemented to adress the needs of vulnerable women in rural areas.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Sustainability, Impact
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
UN Women is mobilizing resources for financial inclusion of the established VSLAs. UN Women 2022/12 Ongoing
Recommendation: Coordinate with NCW to provide recognition for agribusiness firms that adopt gender sensitive policies and women friendly workplaces
Management Response: UN Women is lobbying with NCW to provide recognition for agribusiness firms adopting gender sensitive policies and women friendly work places
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Not applicable
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Sustainability, Effectiveness, Impact
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
Talks and discussions were initiated with NCW on all possible incentives for agribusiness firms. UN Women 2022/01 Initiated
Recommendation: Develop a platform for all initiatives on women’s empowerment activities and projects.
Management Response: UN Women initiated a website that includes UN Women's portfolio on women's empowerment activities in Egypt.
Description:
Management Response Category: Accepted
Thematic Area: Women economic empowerment (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Knowledge management
Organizational Priorities: Operational activities
UNEG Criteria: Effectiveness, Sustainability, Impact
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
The website is developed and regularly updated with all UN Women's programme activities and information such as briefs, fact sheets, etc. UN Women 2022/12 Ongoing