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WEAB: A platforms devoted to women entrepreneurs’ cause

Holiday Report


Rehana Rahman

Women Entrepreneurs’ Association of Bangladesh (WEAB) was established in 2000 by a select group of businesswomen with an aim to create a platform for them in a competitive business world, dominated by men, said Rehana Rahman, President of the WEAB and also the chairman of the FBCCI standing committee for woman entrepreneurship development for the term of 2010-12.
The WEAB was also aimed at encouraging women to get involved in independent occupation and enhance their managerial skills, arrange collateral-free financing, she said in an interview with the Holiday.
She established the non-profit trade organisation under the aegis of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), registered with the Ministry of Commerce, to bring all the women entrepreneurs of Bangladesh under one umbrella, help them identify their weakness and problems and find out the solutions, provide technical training in fields like skill development, quality and design development, book keeping, and help find out market outlets for them.
It also organises workshops, seminars, symposiums and roundtables, where women entrepreneurs can get together to exchange ideas about how to expand their business horizon, eliminate gender discrimination in the business field, help develop women-run business with a special focus on SMEs.
“I think both men and women have important roles to play. They have to be equal partners in addressing a host of challenges that confront our nation,” said the chairman of the FBCCI standing committee for woman entrepreneurship development.
“In the recent times women have emphatically proved their talent in various fields. Our society, therefore, needs to give every possible opportunity to them and only then women will be able to make their full contribution to our progress,” she said.
“Women today need attention to address the problems they face. They are often subjected to gender discrimination. Violence against women is a frequent occurrence and sometimes a matter of national disgrace,” she observed.
Women have less access to education and jobs. “We need to abolish these hurdles in order that women can participate fully in our advancement. In a broader sense, we need to create a more congenial environment for women.” Their voice must be heard in all spheres: economy, environment, education, health, peace and stability, she said, adding, “We must recognise that only with women’s full and active involvement, we can build a happy Bangladesh.”

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