Archive for December 2011

The Coca-Cola Company Hopes to Empower 5 Million Women by 2020

In a blog featured on the www.businessfightspoverty.org website, Dr. Susan Mboya, Group Director for Eurasia Africa Women’s Economic Empowerment at the Coca-Cola Company, describes a recent event on the economic empowerment of women, as well as her company’s work in supporting women through their value chains. The Coca-Cola Company’s own micro distribution center (MDC) model allows women to establish small, independently-owned, and low-cost distribution businesses within their value chain to serve urban and peri-urban retail markets. Programs like the new 5BY20 initiative seek to empower 5 million women entrepreneurs throughout Coca-Cola’s global system by the year 2020.

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Women of Pakistan Climbing up the Entrepreneurship Ladder

Each year Uks, a research, resource and publication center on women and media, publishes its Annual Desk Diary. This signature product is a handy organizational tool that also provides a well-rounded view of a particular theme chosen for that year. Past editions have covered a variety of topics including women’s empowerment through education, the struggle for legal rights, and striving for power and visibility in the media. Inspired by its work with CIPE and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industries to create a series of radio programs about women entrepreneurs, Uks chose entrepreneurship as the main theme of this year’s Desk Diary.

Women of Pakistan: Climbing up the Entrepreneurship Ladder features a collection of success stories, news articles and essays about women entrepreneurs in Pakistan maneuvering through a complex and challenging business environment. The success stories below are just a taste of what can be found in the complete 2011 Desk Diary available for purchase by contacting the Uks office directly.
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“Business Opportunities for Women” Association Takes Over CAFA Secretariat

Last week seventeen business women and women managers representing seven association members of the Coalition of Women Business Associations (CAFA) in Romania got together in Bucharest for a work meeting.

The Association of Women Entrepreneurs in Romania (AFIR) Galati, which has been in charge with the CAFA secretariat in 2011, presented an activity report and highlighted some of the major activities they carried out this year. Notable CAFA events held in 2011 include the annual conference held on June 3-4, the workshop on how to communicate with public officials held on October 15 and the conference organized by the Association for Women Entrepreneurship Development (CAFA member) on October 27 which featured a CAFA presentation.

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