Girl Power: Ready To Claim the Future

Kick-off Event launches start of Mentoring Program: ANA HUNNA mentors meet their mentees, the “power women” of tomorrow for the first time.

On July 17th, Maha met Zeina. Maha is a renowned journalist in Egypt. Zeina is in 9th grade and dreams of becoming a film maker. Maha is a strong and successful female professional who has fought her way up to work for one of the most important international news channels in the world. Zeina thinks that films can make a positive change on how we live, think and talk. One day, through her work, she wants to contribute to social change in her society.

Maha and Zeina are one of 22 mentoring tandems started their first mentoring session as part of the Summer Mentoring Program for Young Girls by ANA HUNNA (EconoWin) in July 2017. Over the course of the coming months, the couples will meet three times to discuss topics ranging from ‘how to write a successful CV’, to ‘how to become engaged in volunteer work’ or simply what it means to be a woman working in a labor market that is, let’s admit it, still dominated by men.

ANA HUNNA mentee is exchanging with her mentor.

HUNNA is happy to have gained the support of 12 exceptional female mentors. These women are successful professionals in leadership positions and in STEM working fields in Egypt. They have committed themselves to be role models, inspirations and motivations for young girls. The mentoring program initiates a process of reflection of career goals, choices, dreams and challenges for the young mentees. Through the questioning, challenging, feedback and support from the mentors, who can draw from their own experiences as working women, the young girls can develop and learn for their own professional future.

The young mentees aged 13 to 16 participated already in Girls’ Day Egypt on 27th April 2017. On that day, the young high school students spent a work day in a company, getting to know the environment and tasks of an employee in the girls’ fields of interest. In order to deepen the one-time experience of Girls’ Day, ANA HUNNA and the PASH-Initiative at the Goethe-Institut expanded the project to a full summer program. This program now consists of a 3-month-long mentoring program and a 4-week internship program. ANA HUNNA received more than 60 applications and is happy to be able to offer the majority of girls a position in the program in Alexandria and Cairo.


The GIZ project “Economic Integration of Women in the MENA Region- EconoWin” is a GIZ project and implemented on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development.