Archive for January 2011

Melanne Verveer to deliver keynote address at CIPE’s Democracy that Delivers for Women conference

Ambassador Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will deliver the keynote address at CIPE’s Democracy that Delivers for Women conference June 20 – 21, 2011. Ambassador Verveer coordinates activities and programs that promote political, economic, and social advancement for women around the world. She mobilizes support for women’s rights and political and economic empowerment through initiatives designed to increase women’s and girls’ access to education and health care, to combat violence against women and girls, and to ensure that women’s rights are fully integrated with human rights in the development of U.S. foreign policy. Continue reading ‘Melanne Verveer to deliver keynote address at CIPE’s Democracy that Delivers for Women conference’ »

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy program, tells the story of a young woman who started a business under Taliban rule in Afghanistan. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe relates an actual account of perseverance and community development as experienced by Kamila Sediqi. For a preview of the book, see this brief interview with Gayle Lemmon.

Kim Bettcher

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Discussion on Women Doing Business among Themselves

Dear colleagues,

Happy New Year!! 2010 has come and gone with its numerous challenges with regards to economic recession that had negative effects on businesses. It is still not over yet, however, we can do something about it if we create a platform that will enable us to trade among ourselves as women entrepreneurs worlwide. We can invest in each others’ businesses, exchange technology as well as identify raw material sources in Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA.

We have what it takes to do that, we need to share market information, increase and improve South-South cooperation to increase our market share as women globally. Let’s discuss and come out with solutions and steps needed to practicalise these activities that will lead to poverty reduction in developing counties in Africa and Asia.

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Nepal Takes over the SCWEC Chair from India

Hand-over Ceremony

It gives us immense pleasure to inform you that the Presidency of SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council has been handed over to Nepal under the Chair of Ms. Pramila Acharya Rijal on 12th January 2011 by Immediate Past Chairperson Ms. Indira Dutt, India.

SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC) is a sector council of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI) the apex business organization of the SAARC Region. SCWEC was established on March 29, 2001 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with the objective of developing and promoting women entrepreneurs in the South Asian region. The Council works towards facilitating co-operation and networking among the women entrepreneurs of the SAARC region. It is an effective platform for strengthening the intra-regional development of women entrepreneurship for economic development thus helping to exchange information on entrepreneurial skills and building trade links among the women of the SAARC region.


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Cartoon Competition

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is launching its first ever Global Editorial Cartoon Competition, looking at key CIPE themes – democracy, corruption, and gender equality – and ways in which these themes can be communicated across borders and cultures through one simple image.

You’ll find more information on the competition on the competition website.

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Goal-Setting Workshop in Palestinian Territories

CIPE partner the Business Women Forum (BWF) conducted a workshop for 25 women entrepreneurs on December 29, 2010, entitled “Setting Goals and Priorities in Business.” The workshop was held in partnership with the Nablus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) and included technical assistance on effective prioritization, planning, and identification of short and long-term goals. The workshop was followed by an interactive Q&A session with the trainer. NCCI General Manager Nameer Al Khayat commended BWF’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the capacity of local entrepreneurs and highlighted the importance of conducting such workshops in empowering women in economic development.

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What Does Wealth Mean for MENA Women?

“New figures suggest that 22 percent of the Middle East’s assets under management (AUM)—or $700 billion—were held by women in 2010. And that figure is growing. In a region whose news coverage more often highlights the plight of women than their triumphs and progress, this statistic is heartening. The details are even more encouraging.”

Continue reading this article on CIPE Development Blog.

Dorothy Smith

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More Than Just A Second Chance for Widows in India

The Daily News and Analysis of India recently published an article highlighting the achievements of the International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (ICECD) and recognizing the Director, Ms. Hina Shah, for her work promoting women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship. Ms. Shah received an award for making a noteworthy contribution to the community stemming from the ICECD Widows Economic Rehabilitation Project, in which widows are provided training and empowered to start their own businesses.

Training and capacity building enables the women to manage their own businesses or provide services such as selling snacks, running a shop, or making soap. The program has successfully trained 45,000 widows across India, of which 13,000 came from the Gujarat state, and increased their average monthly government stipend from Rs 600-650 to between Rs 1,500-25,000 in earned income. The increase and shift away from government assistance has allowed the widows to become economically independent. Continue reading ‘More Than Just A Second Chance for Widows in India’ »

Congratulations Selima!

Selima Ahmad, President of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, has received The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) “World of  Difference” Award for economic empowerment of women. TIAW is a Canadian-based organization connected with 50,000 women all over the world. 

Kim Bettcher

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CACCI Women Entrepreneurs Council Releases Volume 5 of its Newsletter

The CACCI Women Entrepreneurs Council (CWEC) recently published the fifth installment of its newsletter, Grow, highlighting issues faced by women entrepreneurs and the achievements of women in the region. The CWEC is a product and services council of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) geared towards promoting business interaction among women entrepreneurs. This issue of Grow features the experiences of Ms. Tsevegrash Erdenechuluun, CWEC Vice Chairperson and recipient of the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Award, an excerpt from Margarita Petrova on women entrepreneurs’ role and presence in Russian business, as well as summaries and excerpts from speeches and panel discussions on women’s issues throughout the region. Continue reading ‘CACCI Women Entrepreneurs Council Releases Volume 5 of its Newsletter’ »