GIS – 13 August 2014: Ms Zinaida Ramjan Ameerally, from Zinaida Co Ltd - a small design atelier where lingerie as well as jewellery collections ranging from everyday casual to bridal jewellery are designed and made, won the title of the Overall Winner of the National Women Entrepreneur Council (NWEC) Award 2014.
The first-prize winners in the other three categories namely agribusiness, handicraft, and services are Ms Christiane Chowree - DCF Roots company ltd, Ms Marie Francesca Sylvie - l'Art du Verre, and Gladyse Lavigilante - Capline call centre, respectively. They each obtained cash prize of Rs 50,000. It is to be noted that the overall winner of the NWEC Award 2014, Ms Zinaida Ramjan Ameerally, has also been awarded the first prize in the textile category.
The award ceremony was held on 11 August 2014 at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture in Phoenix in the presence of the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Mireille Martin, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Protection, Mr Sayyad A Sayed-Hossen, the chairperson of the NWEC, Mrs Vimi Anuradha Appadoo, and other personalities. The objective of the award was to provide women entrepreneurs with the opportunity to obtain recognition for their creative and innovative endeavours.
In her address, the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mrs Mireille Martin, commended the women entrepreneurs who participated in the NWEC 2014, highlighting their boldness, courage, pride in their abilities and products, determination, persistence and desire to showcase their progress. ‘To willingly let one’s enterprise be weighed up, evaluated, gauged and assessed is not an easy task and clearly demonstrates the assertiveness of the participants’, pointed out the Minister.
According to Mrs. Martin, the business world in Mauritius still remains predominantly male, with only 14% of women owning their businesses. ‘This figure shows that the entrepreneurial potential of women is not yet fully exploited’, said the Minister, adding that women entrepreneurship represents a stimulating alternative to traditional wage earning job. Mrs Martin stated that entrepreneurship is one of the drivers of women’s empowerment, and that, the NWEC, as the only government entity which targets and regroups solely women entrepreneurs, is playing its role fully in promoting a culture of entrepreneurship among Mauritian women.
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