In a world that is more connected than ever before, LEED firmly believes that we no longer go online, rather we, to a large extent, live online. Indeed, the nexus of human rights and access and use of the digital sphere in a digital age for the common good is of the highest importance to LEED as we link our different strategic pillars to digitization.
The 2021 - 2026 strategy
The five-year strategy (2021 - 2026) is built upon five main pillars
The world has made big strides when it comes to women leadership. Despite this, women disproportionately face barriers everyday such as the glass ceiling and the second shift. To contribute to overcoming these barriers, LEED takes a proactive approach in supporting and developing women leadership in the corporate and civil society sectors by offering diverse e-trainings that will provide them with the skillset needed to achieve their full leadership potential unhindered by gender-inequality. LEED also presents a pioneering network for female leaders from Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa to connect, network and exchange expertise.
Women Empowerment & Employability:
LEED aims to empower, support and employ women, youth and minorities in the technical, digital and cultural industries by providing them the mentorship they need to structure and plan their career as well as giving them access to opportunities that will strengthen their professional capacity. Furthermore, our LEED Live Talk biweekly program introduces successful women in the technical, digital and cultural industries who share their success stories to worldwide audience and inspire young girls and boys to fulfill their potential. LEED also aspires to empower women and minorities from different socioeconomic backgrounds and marginalized communities by providing them access to funds that would bring their innovative ideas and projects to life.
Youth Empowerment & Employability:
Under this pillar, LEED’s main focus is to promote young males and females in the technical, digital and cultural industries aging between 18 and 35 years old. We empower, connect and support the next generation of young leaders in the technical, digital and cultural industries from Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe via providing them the access and opportunities needed to structure their careers, pursue their dreams, and inspire other young individuals in their respective communities. Through mentorship, exchange, content creation and publishing, we strengthen LEED’s beneficiaries’ professional capacity, and expand the young’s interest in the technical, digital and cultural careers. LEED empowers as well young individuals coming from different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds to become financially independent through providing access to finance should they wish to scale up their innovative ideas.
Minorities Empowerment & Employability:
LEED takes an inclusive approach throughout its projects implementation leaving no one behind. During the next five years, LEED will focus on empowering women, minority groups, LGBTQI++, youth in marginalized communities and persons with disabilities in the different regions that LEED operates in. It is worth noting that in doing so, LEED wants to Do No Harm, and hence dealing with these vulnerable groups takes place in the most subtle ways to avoid any risk of jeopardizing their physical or moral integrity.
Organizational Empowerment:
Through its civil society strengthening program, LEED accompanies where it operates community-based associations, grassroots movements and other NGOs in need to strengthen their institutional capacity through trainings and peer-to-peer coaching. LEED takes a needs assessment approach with its target groups before launching the training and peer-to-peer coaching program. Trainings include – but are not limited to - IT skills development, financial planning, strategizing and building a clear mission, governance, fundraising and operations development. Under the current WOMENTUM project, LEED strives to strengthen feminist organizations and grassroots feminist movements’ structures across the MENA region and unify their battle for gender equality via gathering them in a transnational digital platform.
LEED firmly adopts the “Leave no one behind” principle in all of its operations which is why we work with, and for the benefit of individuals from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Achieving inclusivity for individuals from all aspects of diversity is our main goal, that is why LEED organizes a biannual female summer camp, bringing together women from all socioeconomic backgrounds from around the world to engage in meaningful dialogues and discussions about topics relating to discrimination, gender transformative actions and inclusivity, to harmonize understanding between women from different parts of the world.
Policy dialogue
The sustainable development and true change that LEED strives to make where it operates hinges on political intent and the right policies being set in place. To this end, LEED brings together stakeholders from areas like government, private sector and civil society to engage in policy discussions with the goal of formally presenting decision-makers recommendations to reform existing policies or drafting new ones where needed.
LEED’s transversal themes
Gender parity
Throughout the implementation of its different projects, LEED contributes to ensuring the access of women and men to the same opportunities, rights and material conditions while respecting their specificities.
Prevention of violence
LEED believes that by promoting women, minorities, and youth empowerment and employability, LEED contributes to the prevention of violence. We see the Prevention of Violence as an umbrella theme to all our work in the field as we provide alternatives to different social groups that make them have a positive outlook on life and provide them with a healthy self esteem necessary to achieve their full potential.