I co-founded an Impact investment company in Bethlehem, providing jobs, skills, invisible exports and bridging the political divide. So a for-profit commercial company (lets try to avoid offering charity) but the prime purpose is social, responding to the resources and constraints of the West Bank. We try to model gender equality and integrity. Our CEO is a Palestinian woman. After growing 250% last year we have 80 staff and made a small profit.
It seems to me we need to support role models. The women in the Middle East are conservative by Western standard and are not necessarily asked for empowerment. Our CEO wants to do an MBA so help would be good (though there are some scholarships)!. We also need to work with the culture - talking with fathers and husbands to reassure them, and providing transport home for those on shifts.