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The summary of the program's objectives are to: equip and empower women with IT-skills and breakdown economic/social/cultural barriers affecting women; expand their participation and role in the public and private ICT-sectors. The program is designed to benefit all women, but especially targets those who are financially underprivileged. Moreover, this project's activities and strategies specifically target and support the UN-MDGs (1-poverty/3-gender/8-global development) in Yemen.This program has been a catalyst for change and empowerment for women; growing since inception. It has created a single platform with great potential for replication and expansion and has become a key initiative in the development, especially for women. There are several main achievements from WIT-Program. Prior to this program there was a lack of qualified female IT professionals to act as trainers/teachers for the units. As a direct impact from this program there are now qualified female professional trainers: 70 in Microsoft Unlimited Potential (UP-curricula) and 69 in PD-skills.
Primarily, the total numbers of graduates from the original units were: 93 in Information Technology Essentials I&II / 769 in UP-curricula / 33 from Cisco Networking Academy (CCNA) and 215 in PD-skills (IT-policy/career skills-training practical experience). Furthermore, this program established the first national Women’s IT-Forum (117 members and growing). With the success of the project SOUL was able to continue to improve and expand the program nationally, through the establishment of the SOUL-CLDC and national partnerships with 6-LNGOs. Presently the total numbers of graduates from these are: 323 from Microsoft-UP courses and 112 from PD courses. To date a total of 1,218 women have been trained in IT and 327 in PD nationwide and of them 66 have obtained internships and/or employment. In conclusion this project offers great potential for growth and replication nationally, and acts as a transferable model nationally and for the MENA region.