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IWCC launchs Women for Women Programme to empower women-led businesses

Islamabad, (Parliament Times) : The Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry has launched the Women for Women Programme to empower women-led businesses and the female workforce.

Although a large proportion of women have entered the formal workforce and business
sector many of them still face numerous challenges.

Women entrepreneurs face obstacles related to financing, owning, and growing a
business, including legal and policy obstacles to business ownership and development.

Lack of networks, knowledge, and links to high-value markets further limit female
entrepreneurship as compared to men having more social connections that enable them to
access business opportunities, information, and contacts than women.

Similarly, women working in the formal and informal workforce are still facing
inequalities in access to opportunities and pay.

To resolve these issues, IWCCI with its partner organization Cyntax Health Projects has
been actively working for advocating gender equality, women empowerment, and
entrepreneurship.

Both organizations recognize the need to focus on developing solutions providing women
entrepreneurs for scaling up access to financial products and services, building capacity,
expanding networks, offering mentors, and providing opportunities to link with domestic
and global markets.

Keeping this mission in line, the Women for Women Programme was launched which
will help women in gaining increased access to the finance, markets, and networks
necessary to start and grow a business.

It will also generate evidence-based research data to deepen understanding of women’s
economic empowerment through trade by fostering further research and data collection
efforts for assisting the government in creating an enabling environment for women in
business. The program was inaugurated by President IWCCI Ms. Rizwana Asif. The soft
launch was attended by women entrepreneurs and members of the business community.

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