GIS – 25 September, 2013: In her address at the launching of the third edition of Women Talk Business Forum held in Phoenix this morning, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Mireille Martin, urged women to avail of the opportunities and support provided by the National Women Entrepreneur Council (NWEC) to develop their talents and equip themselves with the skills, tools and confidence required to set up and run their own businesses.
Speaking to the 150 potential and existing women entrepreneurs from the regions of Phoenix, Vacoas, Curepipe, Pailles, Rose-Hill, Quatre-Bornes and Réduit participating in the Forum, Mrs Martin stated that there should not be any restrictions on the type of economic activities in which women may engage. She highlighted the need to break down barriers that impede the personal fulfilment as well as professional and economic development of women.
According to Minister Martin, engaging in entrepreneurship empowers women to become self-reliant and achieve financial independence. “Enterprise opportunities can offer financial independence and flexibility which in turn bring real autonomy”, said the Minister. She pointed out that women-owned businesses can make significant contributions to boost economic growth and create new jobs for themselves and others. The Minister added that Government is committed through the NWEC to provide good quality and relevant information as well as practical support and networking opportunities to potential women entrepreneurs.
The Women Talk Business Forum is an initiative of the National Women Entrepreneur Council (NWEC) in line with its objectives to bring innovative actions to empower both potential and existing women entrepreneurs through activities, projects and programmes. The Forum aims at providing a platform for the sharing of experiences of existing women entrepreneurs and business owners and sensitise potential women entrepreneurs on the existing facilities at institutional level.
Some 111 existing and potential women entrepreneurs attended the first Forum held at Quartier Militaire in July. As a result, 13 women entrepreneurs registered as new members of the NWEC. The second Forum was held in August at the Triolet Women Empowerment Centre with 90 participants. 15 women entrepreneurs registered as new members of NWEC. Those new members are benefitting from counselling and other support required in establishing their own businesses from the NWEC.
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