As part of a multi-country study undertaken by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Ms. Hina Shah in India is conducting a national study on “Creating an Enabling Environment for Women’s Economic Empowerment through Entrepreneurship.” Although India has recently been labeled as one of the best places for women entrepreneurs to start a business, women entrepreneurs only make up about 10% of total SMEs.
To explore the reasons behind this slow growth of women’s entrepreneurship and contribute to the ESCAP study, Ms. Shah is disseminating a survey for women entrepreneurs in India. The research tool is designed to profile women entrepreneurs in India and the constraints they face. The results will feed into the Indian component of the UN study and also help shape policy recommendations aimed at creating a more enabling environment for women’s entrepreneurship in India.
If you are a female entrepreneur in India, please take a few moments to complete the survey by clicking here. The completed form should be sent to Ms. Hina Shah at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your response is now requested by November 29.
Volume 6 of the GROW newsletter features an overview of women’s entrepreneurship in Asian developing countries by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, which profiles women’s business organizations in the region and makes recommendations for the promotion of women’s entrepreneurship. The issue also includes a description of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan by Arjumand A. Qazi, highlights from the CACCI Women Entrepreneurs Council session at the 2011 CACCI Conference in Istanbul, and more.
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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’ »
There has arisen a new class – the women entrepreneurs, who have accepted the challenges of life and have emerged as leaders in the socio-economic development – earning for themselves and for their families or contributing towards the socio-political upliftment of women. Not only have their greater participation in remunerative work improved their living conditions and provided bargaining positions in the households and wider community, but they are also creating opportunities for the general womenfolk leading to their economic progress and paving the way for a dignified survival through sustainable development.
YEGAP’s 5th edition on Women and Entrepreneurship includes the articles:
- “Dream Beyond What Is Possible” by Mukta Nandini Jain, Chairman
of the Women Entrepreneurs Council of Asia Pacific
- “Diamond Memories” by Noemi Lirag Saludo, Past President of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry
- And more…
Continue reading ‘YEGAP Special Issue on Women and Entrepreneurship’ »
“Few companies make social investments specifically aimed at empowering women in developing economies, but we believe that supporting this goal is good business and good practice for all companies. In the course of our work, we’ve uncovered a startlingly wide range of ways in which private-sector companies can offer sizable economic benefits not only to women and their societies but also to the companies themselves. The benefits to businesses come from enlarging their markets, improving the quality or size of their current and potential workforce (for instance, by attracting talent globally), and maintaining or improving their reputations…”
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From the New York Times:
“HSBC, JPMorgan Chase, Royal Bank of Scotland, UBS and Fidelity International in India are run by women. So is the country’s second-biggest bank, Icici Bank, and its third-largest, Axis Bank….
In a country where parents in some areas still prize boys over girls; where overall female literacy rates are poor; and Sania Mirza, a top tennis player, said this month that she would quit playing after marriage, the banking industry’s wealth of women in management may seem surprising. But women in the industry, many of whom have also worked in London and New York, say India provided the right combination of supportive, mostly male, managers and a diverse work environment that did not require them to be ‘one of the boys’ to succeed.” Continue reading ‘Women Bankers in India’ »
Dear Women’s Organization,
My name is Dr. Andrea Smith-Hunter and I am currently a professor at Siena College in the United States. I am writing on women entrepreneurs globally and I want to ask your assistance in having Asian women entrepreneurs complete the attached questionnaire. Through the information obtained, we hope to learn more about the economic success of Asian women business owners. We hope that the information obtained will assist women business owners like yourself, regarding the challenges they face when initiating the start up, or the continuous operation of the business.
Continue reading ‘Study on Women Entrepreneurs (Asia)’ »
The TiE Stree Shakti (TSS) Workshop and Awards is a forum for women entrepreneurs to create trust-based partnerships through active networking. The objective of TSS is to create a platform of belonging for women entrepreneurs.
Launched by TiE Mumbai (The Indus Entrepreneurs), this platform is a pan-India initiative to recognize, award and enable them. The awards ceremony will be hosted December 12 in Mumbai.
See details on the workshop at www.tiestreeshakti.org