Archive for September 2011

CIPE Women Entrepreneurs Update

Washington – CIPE is hosting a webinar on Success Stories in Women’s Economic Empowerment from Bangladesh with Selima Ahmad, founder and president of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, on Friday, September 30 at 9:00am Eastern Standard Time. Ms. Ahmad will share stories of how entrepreneurship is transforming the lives of women in Bangladesh. She will describe her experiences in helping women overcome the obstacles to equal participation in the marketplace, and share lessons on leadership in giving voice to women. Registration is still open. REGISTER HERE
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Session on Women’s Leadership held during the 4th Annual SAARC Business Leaders Conclave

SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC) held a session on ‘Women leadership for regional business opportunities’ with the motto “Drive for economic empowerment for South Asian women” at the fourth SAARC Business Leaders Conclave held at Kathmandu. The conclave was attended by 350 business delegates from the South Asian Region. Prominent female leaders from the field of business and economics participated in the event held on September 21.

Established in 2001 to develop and promote women entrepreneurs in the South Asian region, SCWEC is a sector council of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI). Pramila Acharya Rijal, chairperson of SCWEC in her welcome address said, “Empowering women in South Asia has always been a challenging issue. It is time to realize that institutional reforms are necessary for removing legal and cultural barriers for regional business opportunities.”

Since the inception of SCWEC, a number of workshops, round table conferences, seminars, training program and annual events have been held. These have enabled members to identify best practices for replication as regional projects.
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Success Stories in Women’s Economic Empowerment from Bangladesh

Selima AhmadPlease join us for a conversation with Selima Ahmad, founder and president of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) will host this webinar on Friday, September 30.

REGISTER NOW

Time:
9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (USA)
19:00 to 20:00 Bangladesh Standard Time
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E-Commerce Empowerment Solution for Women around the Globe

Last week Walmart launched the Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative to help empower women across its supply chain, focusing on five primary goals: to increase sourcing from women-owned businesses; to empower women on farms and in factories through training, market access and career opportunities; to empower women through job training and education; to increase gender diversity among suppliers; and to make significant philanthropic giving toward women’s economic empowerment.

In support of these goals Walmart recently announced plans to create a dedicated webpage on Walmart.com that will feature an assortment of products created by women in nearly two dozen countries, including women who work in cooperatives and own small businesses. Expected to be available in spring 2012, the site will include products such as jewelry from Guatemala, Thailand and Ethiopia; coffee from Central and South America; and dresses from Kenya. By 2016, the dedicated e-commerce site will feature approximately 500 items by more than 20,000 women in nearly two dozen countries. The goal is to provide an e-commerce marketplace for women-owned businesses that otherwise would not have access to the type of broad customer base Walmart.com offers. Continue reading ‘E-Commerce Empowerment Solution for Women around the Globe’ »

Walmart Launches Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative

This morning, Walmart President and CEO Mike Duke launched a major initiative that will use the company’s global size and scale to help empower women across its supply chain. Working over the past year with leaders from government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), philanthropic groups and academia, Walmart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative has established five goals.

By the end of 2016, Walmart aims to:

  1. Increase sourcing from women-owned businesses. Over the next five years, the company will source $20 billion from women-owned businesses in the U.S. and double sourcing from women suppliers internationally.
  2. Empower women on farms and in factories through training, market access and career opportunities. New programs will help 60,000 women working in factories that supply products to Walmart and other retailers develop the skills they need to become more active decision-makers in their jobs and for their families. The initiative will also help women farm workers participate more fully in the agriculture supply chain.
  3. Empower women through job training and education. Successful retail training programs will be scaled to help 200,000 women internationally. In the U.S., Walmart will help 200,000 women from low-income households gain job skills and access higher education.
  4. Increase gender diversity among major suppliers. The company will work with major professional service firms and merchandise suppliers with over $1 billion in sales to increase women and minority representation on Walmart accounts.
  5. Make significant philanthropic giving toward women’s economic empowerment. The company will support these programs with more than $100 million in grants that drive progress against key goals. Funding will come from the Walmart Foundation and donations directly from Walmart’s international businesses.

You can find more information on the initiative in the official press release found here, as well as a short video to help explain the initiative in a bit more detail.

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MENA Women Entrepreneurs Interviews

Dear colleagues,

Greetings! Earlier in the summer, Asma Uddin and Sheeba Arif invited you to take part in a unique and exciting project. Now that Ramadan is over, we would like to set up Skype interviews to move forward in our collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s renowned Wharton School of Business working on a series of articles and a book on female entrepreneurship in the MENA region. This project offers you—relevant female entrepreneurs—the opportunity to share your experiences through two different outlets: (1) a series of articles that will be published in Wharton’s online journal, Knowledge @ Wharton (KW); and (2) a book that will result from a compilation of stories featured at KW.
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CIPE wants to know: How can we empower women?

Dear CIPE partners and friends:

As you may know, CIPE recently hosted an international conference – Democracy that Delivers for Women – on the topic of women’s political and economic empowerment. You can learn more about the conference here: http://www.democracythatdelivers.com/

As CIPE plans our programs for 2012, we are seeking to expand programs on women’s empowerment. As we do that, it would be great to hear from you about your ideas for women’s empowerment programs that CIPE could support. Below we outline some themes raised at the conference as suggestions for CIPE to focus on going forward. Let us know if:

  1. You have been thinking of launching programs in any of these areas
  2. You already have ongoing programs in any of these areas
  3. You have other project ideas for empowering women consistent with CIPE’s mission
  4. You know other credible organizations or groups in your country that conduct successful programs in these areas and CIPE should consider working with them

Please respond by September 30 by replying to women@cipe.org. Your ideas will be extremely helpful as we plan our program funding on this theme for 2012.
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KnowHow Is Making Matches

Since launching in March, CIPE’s KnowHow program has successfully matched experienced business professionals with over half-a-dozen business associations from developing countries seeking technical assistance.

The Association of Businesswomen and Top Managers (AFAFCI) in Romania – which aims to become one of the main representatives of the local business community for women – is currently working with an experienced association executive to identify the needs and values of the organization’s 39 members. Likewise, the Amhara Women Entrepreneurs Association in Ethiopia is receiving support from a certified association executive to improve its organizational structure and design an effective training program for the association’s board members.

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CIPE Women Entrepreneurs Update

Zimbabwe - The Women’s Alliance of Business Associations in Zimbabwe (WABAZ) held their first leadership committee meeting to elect their Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson and to plan the official launch of the coalition. CIPE is supporting the growth of WABAZ through its partner in Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as part of a CIPE project to strengthen the voice of business associations in the country to represent the interests of the private sector in dialogue with the government Following a CIPE roundtable, WABAZ was founded in August 2011 by nine women’s business support organizations who came together to form a coalition to empower women through advocacy, dialogue, and information sharing.

Pakistan – The Peshawar Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PWCCI) launched its website (www.wccip.org.pk) this week. The site includes a membership database (a requirement of Pakistan’s Trade Organizations Ordinance) and highlights the services provided by the Chamber for women entrepreneurs in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region. The website was developed under a CIPE technical assistance grant.

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CWE Member News

Selima Ahmad, President of the Bangladesh Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was a delegate at the Women’s Democracy Network Legislative Conference held during the Community of Democracies Ministerial Conference in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Graciela De Oto, President of BPW Buenos Aires, was nominated  Ambassador of Peace and will receive the Flag of Peace. The ceremony will be held at the Honorable Senate of the Nation on September 14, 2011.

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