Chambers of Commerce around the world are working to empower women
(MENAFN-Brazil-Arab News Agency (ANBA))
São Paulo – Projects aimed at empowering women developed by chambers of commerce from different countries were presented this Wednesday (26) during a webinar organized by the Islamic Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture ( CICIA). the WAHI – Women Who Inspire – committee of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) was one of the initiatives presented during the event titled “Empowering Women in Chambers of Commerce Worldwide”.
The seminar was moderated by the Director of Institutional Relations of the ABCC, Fernanda Baltazar. It featured a speech by WAHI Committee Chair, ABCC Board Member and H2R Pesquisas Avançadas Alessandra Frisso.
Other participants were Dina Yacout, President of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC) Businesswomen Council and President of the Ismailia Chamber of Commerce; Elena Ageeva, Vice President of Strategic Development of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tatarstan (CCI RT / TPPRT); Jhale Hajiyeva, Vice-President of the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Azerbaijan (ASK); and Blessing Owomugisha Immaculate, Deputy Secretary General of the Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (UNCCI).
Alessandra Frisso talked about the WAHI Committee. Her mission is to get the women on the committee to do business together. One of the main objectives is to create opportunities for the internationalization of women-led businesses, especially SMEs, in different sectors, such as cosmetics, technology and agriculture. “We know that COVID-19 has created different challenges for men and women. And we can conclude, with this seminar, that regardless of culture, women have the same challenges across the world,” he said. she declared.
Dina Yacout said in Ismailia, Egypt, that the chamber of commerce she chairs has begun to meet the needs of women in all positions and from diverse backgrounds, from entrepreneurs who already have businesses to those who have an idea that they want to implement, and women with online businesses. “We try to keep direct contact with them and provide product branding, marketing and advertising solutions to reach their target audience. We’ve had over 20 shows, and they’ve been a remarkable success. Now they have adequate conditions to maintain their business,” she said.
Secondly, Yacout realized the need to train businesswomen. “We held virtual workshops, and now in phase three, we’re offering financial services and pandemic assistance, so women don’t have to close their businesses. Now we are talking about clean energy and sustainability. We are working on a tiered approach,” she said. She also mentioned having WhatsApp groups to contact businesswomen and approach university students to invite them to implement their projects with her help.
Elena Ageeva leads two projects focused on youth empowerment in Tatarstan, Russia. She believes in gender communication and creating projects with men and women as a team. Ageeva talked about the 100 leaders project aimed at promoting business development and prosperity in the region; increase the number of member companies of the CCI RT / TPPRT; promote youth entrepreneurship; stimulate cross-cultural, cross-gender and cross-religious interaction between participants and groups; create opportunities to obtain high quality and affordable project management training; set up a system of mentoring and supervision with successful entrepreneurs and develop initiatives and projects in line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“We have already had two editions of the project with young women and men, and I could conclude that the teams of both sexes were more productive, professional, creative, and also had greater inner strength and greater emotional intelligence. to work together and express their ideas,” said Ageeva. According to her, it is imperative to promote gender equality in these groups, combining communication with business, the public sector, young people and gender. communication is the way to empower women,” she said.
Jhale Hajiyeva Registered chambers of commerce could encourage women and help them develop their businesses. She created the project Advancing Women’s Empowerment in Azerbaijan and said everything should start with the national government’s stimulus policies. “We have to make women believe that they can be part of the country’s economy,” she said.
Immaculate Blessing said her chamber of commerce helps women start their businesses and supports them in all the challenges they face with trainings, projects and campaigns. Businesswomen receive financial training to learn how to invest their money and grow their business. A new project is training 250 women-led businesses to start exporting. There is also a campaign for women to have their own house.
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Translated by Elúsio Brasileiro
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