Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access & Protection in Crisis Response (LEAP) project

Programme Overview:

UN Women’s portfolio of work includes its engagement in host communities and refugee/displaced person camps across Jordan, Iraq and Egypt, and its work to promote peace and security through the development and implementation of National Action Plans on UN SCr 1325, as well as in the provision of technical and financial assistance to the UN Special Envoy for Syria.

Through its regional programme, Women’s Leadership, Empowerment, Access & Protection in Crisis Response (LEAP), UN Women is working to consolidate these ongoing initiatives - with the objective of supporting sustainable solutions for refugee, displaced, and host communities where viable, and working with regional bodies to support an end to conflict and instability. It takes as its foundations the principles of the Dead Sea Resilience Agenda, and leverages women, peace and security frameworks.

At the country level, it will work across Egypt, Iraq and Jordan seek to address the immediate needs of women affected by conflict, bolstering their assets and skills to enable them to meet their needs. This will focus on investment in women’s economic empowerment to generate immediate and long-term social dividends.

In Egypt, UN Women will support community centers in host communities as well as the NCW Giza Center to provide vulnerable women capacity building programmes, vocational training and access to financial services, as well as, strengthen their protection through engaging different key players including women and youth CSOs, national service providers and local authorities to address issues related to all kinds of violence.

This 1 year programme, funded by the government of Japan, is expected to start on 1 April 2017 and end on 31 March 2018.

The Egypt component is focusing on the following two outcomes (out of the three outcomes of the Regional Programme), namely:

Outcome II: Displaced and vulnerable women and girls are economically empowered and have access to humanitarianservices that are gender inclusive

Output 2.3: Displaced and marginalized women and girls have new sources of income and economic opportunities through Direct Cash Assistance, cash for work & skills development.

Outcome III: Protection and safety of displaced women and girls in temporary shelters & in host communities isstrengthened against all forms of violence and exploitation

Output 3.1 vulnerable women and girls have Increased access to effective services & protection mechanisms through social spaces in temporary shelters and in host communities.