A policy dialogue organised by FICCI on women entrepreneurs advocated for sharing knowledge and up scaling their skills.

It is important to create a unified platform to engage in policy dialogue for strengthening the cause of women empowerment. These platforms act as a catalyst in creating and implementing policies and strategies for the uplift of women, said Rashmi Singh, Executive Director, National Mission for the Empowerment of Women, Government of India.

While addressing the ‘South Asia Policy Dialogue on Women Entrepreneurship organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Ladies Organisation (FLO) in association with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, South and South West Asia Office (UNESCAP-SSWA) and SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneur Council, she said, sharing of information is one of the most critical aspects. People can learn from each other’s experience and replicate the successful models in their region. For achieving the Millennium Development Goals or the target of the 12th Plan, it is essential to uplift the status of women in the society.

She also added that an increase in the number of women entrepreneurs will help in raising not only the position of the family but also give a boost to the economy. However, there is a need to break away from the taboos imposed by social norms and the patriarchal mind-set, she added.

Pramila Acharya Rijal, Chairperson, SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC), Kathmandu, said “That to empower women up scaling their skills is of utmost importance and cooperation is the key to succeed in this endeavour. She emphasized that the organizations must work in tandem and creates synergies to empower women of not only their region but beyond it”.

“Entrepreneurship is the way to empower women. However, access to funds, procurement of new technology and marketing the products are some of the challenges that the women entrepreneurs face. Hence, seminars and conferences such as these help in voicing these concerns and finding solutions to issues faced by women entrepreneurs,” said Anuradha Goel, Vice Chairperson, SAARC Chamber Women Entrepreneurs Council (SCWEC), India.

Dr. Nagesh Kumar, Director, ESCAP-SSWA, also added that the policy dialogue builds on the National Consultation on Creating an Enabling Environment for Women’s Entrepreneurship in India. The policy dialogue will develop an understanding of the common challenges facing women entrepreneurs across the sub-region and possible ways to harness regional economic integration and cooperation to overcome these challenges.

 

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