Posts tagged ‘Democracy that Delivers for Women’

#DTDW: Live on Twitter

For even more updates from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference, check out my Twitter feed!  Search for handle @hwhtw or click here: http://twitter.com/#!/hwhtw

June 20, 2011 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: “We need to think beyond microenterprise”

More from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference:

This morning’s panel featured three women with expertise in women’s entrepreneurship efforts, and all of them echoed the same sentiment: For women to move forward, the focus must move from microenterprise to mainstream small and medium businesses – and beyond. 

Selima Ahmad, President and Founder of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, offered a provocative question: “We need to give deep thought to micro entrepreneurs – are they part of the mainstream economy?”  She added, “We need to think beyond microenterprise.”

Mary Schnack of Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) agreed: “Women don’t need to be sitting on a dirt floor to need help growing their businesses.”  Women who are already running businesses need additional skills to scale up, she noted.

Gayle Lemmon, author of The Dressmaker of Khair Khanna, identified access to markets and financing as the biggest obstacle to growing women’s businesses.  She noted that in countries where women cannot legally own property, they cannot get financing because they cannot offer collateral.

June 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: “Business is the answer, not the problem”

Reporting from the Democracy that Delivers for Women conference: David Chavern, EVP and COO of the US Chamber of Commerce, believes that economic empowerment  provides opportunity for women’s empowerment in general.  “Business is the answer, not the problem… free enterprise is the way forward for individuals.”  He added that a country’s economic health depends on women’s participation: “Countries that treat women badly, do badly.”

June 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm Leave a comment

Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference

Coming soon to HWHTW: live coverage of the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference, June 20-21.  The conference will feature speakers such as Melanne Verveer, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, and Diana Villiers Negroponte on topics including “The Role of Women in Democratic Reform” and “Women and Rebuilding Conflict Areas.” Check back often June 20-21 for updates!

To seethe agenda or register to attend the conference: http://www.democracythatdelivers.com/node/23

June 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

Newer Posts


Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 326 other followers

Top Clicks

  • None

%d bloggers like this: