Archive for October 2010

LCCI Women Empowerment and Advocacy Forum

Women’s empowerment received some good press attention following a recent event hosted by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Dr. Shehla Javed Akram, President of the Central and North Punjab Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, described her efforts to motivate women entrepreneurs and equip them with new business techniques. The President of LCCI, Shahzad Ali Malik, called upon the government and chambers of commerce to develop a road map toward an enabling environment for women entrepreneurs.

The Nation:
TDAP Urged to Double Incentives for Women Entrepreneurs

Kim Bettcher

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Business Women Forum – Palestine

The Business Women Forum (BWF) was highlighted in the monthly Palestine Business Focus magazine. Established in 2006, BWF seeks to strengthen the role of businesswomen as leaders in the Palestinian economy through advocacy, networking, and the provision of business services. As a membership organization, BWF represents registered, women-owned and operated businesses, as well as women professionals. In addition to serving members, BWF offers programs and services to aspiring women entrepreneurs seeking to establish or grow their businesses. Ultimately, BWF seeks to represent independent business women throughout the West Bank and Gaza. In 2010, BWF released two policy papers regarding businesswomen: one about representation on joint private-public councils and another about donor procurement practices.

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Forbes Most Powerful Women

Among the 100 most powerful women in the world according to Forbes, 39 are businesswomen, 8 of whom are businesswomen from emerging markets: Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, India, China, and Kuwait. The overall list–which includes politicians, media personalities, fashion designers, singers, and athletes–has only a handful of entrepreneurs, and I could find only one entrepreneur from emerging markets. She is Maha Al-Ghunaim, cofounder of Global Investment House in Kuwait.

This kind of list only shows the tip of the iceberg, but it’s interesting to see how women of various backgrounds around the world are attracting attention.

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