Connecting Women Entrepreneurs: Celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
It is recognised that entrepreneurship is critical to the growth & development of every economy. It is also known that while entrepreneurship comes naturally to women, they have their unique set of challenges in pursuing entrepreneurship. Every world economy will stand to gain significantly with the growth and success of women owned enterprises. A lot has been done by women in the area of entrepreneurship but much more needs to be done.
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) marks a day for recognising the achievements of women entrepreneurs and to celebrate, empower & encourage women in business. The first such event was launched in 2014 at the United Nations in New York and the WED Organisation now celebrates it in over 140 countries, the world over. Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is working to generate a movement that carries throughout the year in support of women in business globally. WED ignites women leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to initiate startups, drive economic expansion, and advance communities worldwide. The WED mission is to empower the 4 billion women across the globe to be catalysts of change, and uplift the 250 million girls living in poverty globally.
The Women’s Entrepreneurship Day India NCR event was held at Federation House, New Delhi on 16th November 2017. The theme of the NCR Women’s Entrepreneurship Day event was ‘Connecting Women Entrepreneurs’. To bring the subject to life, a panel of successful women entrepreneurs discussed matters around – encouraging more women to take to entrepreneurship; building significant brands of value; and paving the path to creating large global corporations from such women owned and promoted enterprises.
Panelists included – Kanika Tekriwal (Founder, JetSetGo), Neha Kirpal (Founder-Director, India Art Fair), Priyanka Gill (Founder, POPxo), Richa Kar (Founder, Zivame). The discussion was moderated by Fatima Mahdi Karan (Consulting Editor, Business Television India).
For this year’s celebrations in the National Capital Region (NCR), India Ambassador, Women’s Entrepreneurship Day & Co-founder, GlobalLinker, Summi Gambhir and Vasvi Bharat Ram, National President FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) hadpartnered to mark the day. “The WED Organization is committed to supporting the efforts of women entrepreneurs in India and connecting them is one significant step. In partnership with FICCI FLO, we are working towards celebrating, empowering, supporting & inspiring women in business,” shares Summi Gambhir.
Vasvi Bharat Ram, National President, FLO opines, “FLO recognises that women are the critical mass that will transform policies, encourage socially sensitive development and build an inclusive community. For the last 34 years, FLO has been working towards channelising women’s strengths to help them achieve their full potential.”