Archive for December 2010

From Humble Beginnings, Tanzanian Businesswoman Inspires While Giving Back to the Community

A recent article in The Citizen, a Tanzania based newspaper, recognizes local businesswoman and chairperson of the Tanzania Women Chamber of Commerce for her entrepreneurial successes not only in the business world, but in the local community as well. Dina Bina, owner of Dina Flowers, is somewhat of a celebrity in the entrepreneurship network of Tanzania, but this has not always been the case. As the article points out, before winning a contract to revamp the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in 1997 Dina was starting her own business in a seemingly obscure industry at the time. With the help of her family Dina was able to transform five bunches of flowers given to her by her sister-in-law into a thriving flower shop and interior design business. Continue reading ‘From Humble Beginnings, Tanzanian Businesswoman Inspires While Giving Back to the Community’ »

Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Seminar

Time Square Trainers will be holding a series of two day seminars, led by Shams ul Arifeen, on women’s empowerment and leadership at the end of December. The first event on December 21st and 22nd will be held at the Karachi Regent Plaza Hotel in Karachi, Pakistan and a second event will be held at Lahore Royal Palm Country Club in Lahore, Pakistan on December 28th and 29th. The Women’s Leadership Seminars seek to enable women to realize their potential and empower them to make positive change. The intended audience for these seminars includes business women and entrepreneurs at all career levels from a variety of industries, as well as female representatives from NGOs and women’s organizations. For more information follow this link.

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How to Measure Women’s Economic Empowerment?

The Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) recently issued a report on methods for measuring the impact of women’s economic empowerment programs. The report did not find a single definition of women’s economic empowerment in the literature, and found varying methods for measuring program impact. In particular, GSDRC found that measures of program impact generally focus on increased access to credit or increased revenue. The report goes on to highlight several attempts to create frameworks for evaluating women’s economic empowerment programs.

One such initative highlighted by GSDRC was organized by the International Center for Research on Women. The results based initiative seeks to, among other things, strengthen women entrepreneurship and increase market access using a two step approach. ICRW intends to implement programs that can later be scaled up to reach broader groups, followed by impact evaluations in search of lessons learned for use in future programs. Continue reading ‘How to Measure Women’s Economic Empowerment?’ »

Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry Members Rally to Fight Corruption


International Anti-Corruption Day was held on December 9th to raise awareness about the issue of corruption, as well as draw attention to ways in which corruption can be combated and prevented. The Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI) members from Khulna observed the day by holding a rally as seen in the photo above.

Selima Ahmad, President

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