Archive for July 2011

The Creation of Women’s Chambers in Pakistan

This speech was delivered on June 20 at the conference on Democracy That Delivers for Women.

The Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry was a dream. After having set up numerous businesses and established multiple ventures, I began feeling a tug at my heart to help make the journey for other businesswomen a lot easier. Being a woman in Pakistan is a struggle. Being a businesswoman, a huge challenge. Some would say women don’t even have the right to dream of becoming businesswomen in Pakistan. But I have always believed that women all over the world have the right to dream. And WCCI was formed to make these dreams come true.

Continue reading ‘The Creation of Women’s Chambers in Pakistan’ »

Democracy that Delivers for Women

The president of Central and North  Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Shehla J Akram was also one of the speakers in the conference on, “Democracy that Delivers for Women”. One of her friends from NY who is a journalist and attended the conference commented:

Perhaps the most excellent thing about the Democracy that Delivers for Women conference is the women who come from countries with cultures still steeped in traditions that have not always delivered for women. African, South Asian and Latin American female entrepreneurs have something vital to share with their North American and European counterparts about diplomacy and ingenuity. The tougher road is long, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t shortcuts for the clever woman who knows her culture inside and out and can allay fears in the most meaningful way. Inspired by the struggles and triumphs of her more deeply challenged sisters, more luckily located entrepreneurs can draw strength from unlikely places.

Lorraine Adams

Comment here or share a message with the Community of Young Entrepreneurs: partners@cipe.org

Delegation of Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan Visit Sweden

The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry was one of the first Chambers to engage women entrepreneurs as a corporate social responsibility issue in Pakistan, beginning with the Women Entrepreneurs Development Committee. LCCI, in partnership with CIPE, also established the Women Resource Center offering membership facilitation, training programs, and regular exhibitions and fairs. In its next phase, LCCI extended its support for women’s entrepreneurship by sending a delegation of women to attend training, trade fairs, and, networking events in other countries. Continue reading ‘Delegation of Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan Visit Sweden’ »

The First International Women in Business Convention to be held in Malaysia

Greetings from the First International Women in Business Convention (1WBC) Malaysia.

We are representing 27,000 members of women entrepreneurs throughout Malaysia. We wish to connect to the world through our first International Women in Business Convention (1WBC 2011) to be held in October 2011, 25-27 in Malaysia. Continue reading ‘The First International Women in Business Convention to be held in Malaysia’ »

Women Overcoming Barriers to Business: A Few Inspirational Stories

Assilah Z. al Harthy speaking at Democracy that Delivers for Women

There is no question that doing business in a developing country is difficult, but doing business in a developing country as a woman can at times seem impossible. Women face institutional and cultural barriers that limit their ability to start and scale up their businesses. Women are also grossly underrepresented in senior management, holding only 9% of these positions worldwide. Yet despite the hurdles most women face, there are countless examples of women overcoming these obstacles and proving that with the right amount of dedication and innovative thinking it is possible to succeed. A recent article in the New York Times showcases three such examples of inspiring women, highlighting their struggle and ultimate success doing business in the Middle East. Continue reading ‘Women Overcoming Barriers to Business: A Few Inspirational Stories’ »

More from Democracy that Delivers for Women!

Last month CIPE hosted Democracy that Delivers for Women in Washington D.C. The event gathered over 250 development practitioners, experts, grassroots organizers, and others engaged in women’s empowerment to discuss the links between women’s political and economic empowerment.

To read more about women’s empowerment or follow-up on the Democracy that Delivers for Women conference check out the CIPE Global Update – July 2011.

Comment here or share a message with the Community of Women Entrepreneurs: partners@cipe.org

A Conversation on Corporate Citizenship and Women’s Empowerment at Democracy That Delivers for Women

Angel Fraile speaking on Corporate Citizenship and Women's Empowerment

At the Democracy that Delivers for Women conference, the conversation on corporate citizenship was particularly insightful, offering examples of how adhering to good corporate governance standards and implementing corporate social responsibility programs can improve the business environment for women. The session was moderated by Taryn Bird, Manager of the Global Corporate Citizenship Program and Corporate Relations at the Business Civic Leadership Center, and included panelists Eileen Kaufman, Executive Director of Social Accountability International and Angel Fraile Coracho, Sustainable Development Manager at Endesa. Continue reading ‘A Conversation on Corporate Citizenship and Women’s Empowerment at Democracy That Delivers for Women’ »

Lessons in Women’s Leadership from the Democracy That Delivers Conference

Professor Stephenie Foster of American University wrote an excellent synopsis from the conference on Democracy That Delivers for Women: “Building Women’s Leadership in Business & Politics“  (Huffington Post, June 21). Drawing four lessons, Prof. Foster examines the significance of women in key leadership positions, routes to leadership, the case for promoting women, and networking.

Also, check out the photo slide show from the conference.

Kim Bettcher
CIPE

Comment here or share a message with the Community of Women Entrepreneurs: partners@cipe.org