Programmes under
NAMA Women Advancement Establishment

UN Women Flagship Programme


NAMA Women Advancement Establishment has partnered with UN Women to implement their Flagship Programme “Stimulating Equal Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs” in South Africa, the UAE and the region.

To be implemented in a period of three years, the programme will target approximately 25,000 women, especially those living in poverty and facing heightened social discrimination and seek to stimulate demand for women entrepreneurs’ products and services by promoting gender-responsive public and private procurement; and promote women entrepreneurs’ access to entrepreneurial skills and finance opportunities so that they can benefit from global value chains.

The NAMA-UN Women partnership in South Africa will focus on investing in building the capacity of thousands of women-owned businesses to take on increasingly larger procurement contracts, particularly in non-traditional sectors.

At the global level, the programme will bring together knowledge with policy advocacy and technical assistance, and by leveraging platforms such as the Women’s Empowerment Principles. User-friendly materials will be developed to create a corporate culture that drives forward women’s access to decent jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Girls Ambassadors for Peace Programme

Young Women and Girls Read and Lead to Build Peace and Counter Violence and Extremism

From an early age, girls in many parts of the world are told: “You are only girls.” They are brought up to believe they should do as they are told, be grateful for all that they receive, not ask to raise many questions or debate. Women and girls more than often are excluded from the decision-making and peacebuilding processes.

The plight of women and girls worsens in conflict-affected areas such as Bangladesh and Indonesia, where lack of access to education and information, particularly in poor and remote communities, bars girls from leading and succeeding, making them more vulnerable to discrimination, sexual violence and radicalisation.

The Girl Ambassadors for Peace programme was developed by Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) with the goal to empower young women and girls in conflict areas to be positive role models in peacebuilding and respond to violent extremism in their communities.

In 2017, GNWP and NAMA launched the programme in Bangladesh and Indonesia to facilitate cross-learning, knowledge-sharing and the exchange of strategies and lessons learned among young women peacebuilders in these two countries. In addition, the programme encourages network building, as well as solidarity between civil society organisations involved, creating a supportive ecosystem for girls and women in their local communities.


In Bangladesh, the participants are from Bengali and Rohingya communities in the coastal town of Cox Bazar and/or in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Bangladesh has been the first destination for Rohingya asylum seekers since 1978, considering the proximity, the common religion, and most importantly, the Bangladeshi authorities recognising the humanitarian needs of these undocumented Myanmar migrants.

According to UNHCR approximately 32,000 registered Rohingyas currently live in two government-run camps, near Cox’s Bazar, in Kutupalong and Nayapara, while an additional 200,000 unregistered Rohingya refugees live nearby in private camps. Although it might seem a relief that this contingent of asylum seekers settled in a safer country, life in these camps is dire, as many of them live without sufficient supply of food, and have very limited access to education and work opportunities.


In Indonesia, the programme’s target population is the Rohingya and Indonesian young women and girls in any of the provinces of East Nusa Tenggara Timur, North Sumatra, Aceh, and Sulawesi. Currently, there are more than 1,000 Rohingya in Indonesia, including 200 in East Nusa Tenggara Timur, 300 in North Sumatra, 300 in Aceh and 200 in Sulawesi, as many arrived in the country in May 2015.

The programme is designed to:

  • Raise awareness and promote the necessity for women’s participation in countering violence and extremism, and participating actively in the peacebuilding process among local communities in Bangladesh and Indonesia.
  • Train young women and girls to become literacy instructors and trainers on United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) on women, peace and security.
  • Raise literacy rates and develop leadership skills among young women and girls in communities affected by conflict and violent extremism.
  • Build capacities of young women and girls to use information and communication technologies (ICT) and media to propagate counter-narratives to those affected by violent extremism.
  • Contribute to minimizing violent extremism in local communities using UNSCR 1820, 1325 and the supporting resolutions on WPS as well UNSCR 2250 on youth, peace, and security.
  • Promote the economic empowerment of young women and girls through skills development and entrepreneurship training.