Women Chefs Taking Taste Beyond Borders

SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council which was established in the year 2001 in Sri Lanka, has been organizing events in Kathmandu, Nepal on the occasion of International Women’s Day with the objective of developing and promoting women entrepreneurs in the South Asian region.

On the occasion of 102nd International Women’s Month, SCWEC organized an event, “Women Chefs Taking Taste beyond Borders,” on 30th March, 2012 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The woman chefs were from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. It provided a platform to women chefs from South Asia to share their challenges and achievements of their career. It was an inspirational event for women looking forward to develop their career in the culinary industry.

Cuisines prepared by seven women chefs from the SAARC region were featured in the event aimed at promoting women in the food industry. “Women naturally have cooking skills. However, their skills are not getting proper reorganization. I am sure this event will help promote cooking as a profession among women of the region,” said SCWEC chairperson Pramila Acharya Rijal, adding that the council would keep organizing such events under different themes in future for the holistic development of women.

Chef Namrata Baiju from Nepal, Shipra Khanna from India, Sharmila Rashid from Bangladesh, Juwayriya Wajdy from Maldives, Rahat Ali from Pakistan, Renuka Rathnayaka Amrasekhara from Sri Lanka and Dechen Wangmo from Bhutan prepared the best of cuisines in the event. They were awarded certificates of appreciation by SAARC Secretary General Ahmed Saleem.

Addressing the event, Saleem said, “Activities like this will not only help promote women, but also help foster economy of the South Asian countries through the help of food industry.” He added that the event would help exchange skills and extend trade relationship between the women of the region.”

Pramila Rijal
Chairperson, SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council

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