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Action Agenda on Mainstreaming Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) in ASEAN

from The Action Agenda aims to mainstream Women’s Economic Empowerment through innovation, trade and inclusive business, and human capital development by encouraging each ASEAN Member State to support the following actions: 1) ADOPT CONCRETE AND MEASURABLE ACTIONS to address the barriers that impede maximizing women’s full economic potential in the areas of: finance, information access, [...]

Do women really hold up half the sky?

from by Ma. Aurora D. Geotina Garcia While browsing the internet recently during a lull in one of my trips, I came across an article quoting former First Lady Michelle Obama, who said, “Don’t waste your seat at the table … If you are scared to use your voice, then you’ve got to get up and give it to someone who isn’t afraid to use the spot.” I am sure many women reading this [...]

Asean women seek a bigger voice

from by Dante M. Velasco Women close ranks. From left: Boots Garcia, Usec. Nora Terrado, Emmeline Verzosa and Chit Juan Last Aug. 31, Asean women had their “moment” during the weeklong Asean Business Conference in Manila, which was part of the yearlong, event-studded Asean chairmanship of the Philippines. About 600 women delegates gathered at the Philippine International Convention [...]

SAWDF signs MoU with AWEN, ALEAP to foster women entrepreneurship

from Kathmandu, September 12. The South Asian Women Development Forum (SAWDF) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) of Philippines and Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of India (ALEAP) to foster women entrepreneurship and empowerment within the SAARC region.. The MoU to this effect was signed between Pramila Acharya Rijal, [...]


from by Flor G. Tarriela “Is there a case for ‘Womenomics’ in ASEAN?”  Ma. Aurora “Boots” Garcia, Co-Chair of ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) asked at the PH-Australia Forum with the theme “Women’s Empowerment, The Next Driver of Success.” The Forum encourages collaboration between government, the business community and women entrepreneurs achieve women economic [...]

The business of empowering women

From by Ma. Aurora “Boots” D. Geotina-Garcia “I hope to be a woman in my next life, have two children and run two businesses, not one big business.” Alibaba Founder and CEO Jack Ma’s speech drew media and internet buzz as he spoke before the Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship in Hangzhou, China, in July 2017. Adding that he feels men are capable only of making their [...]

Remarks at the Opening Ceremonies of the Global Summit of Women 2017

GLOBAL SUMMIT OF WOMEN Tokyo, Japan, 11 May 2017 May All The Best Women Win Maria Leonor Gerona-Robredo Vice President of the Philippines Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh of Vietnam, GSW President Irene Natividad, GSW Japan Host Committee Chair Noriko Nakamura, Outgoing Host Committee Chair Henrika Boknyars, local and international delegates to the GSW 2017, honored guests, ladies and the few brave [...]

High Time: The Case for Gender Diversity in Corporate Boards

12nn- 2pm, July 5 (Wed), Dusit Thani Hotel Results of research on the economic argument for having women in corporate boards have been ambivalent, with both positive and non-existent correlations. While many women have already established their presence in the C-suite, there remains a gender gap in corporate boards. In 2016, only 12% of board sears in Asia went to women ( What does in [...]

Ecotourism, crowd-funding, and women

from by Flor G. Tarriela I recently attended the 2017 Subic Ecotourism festival organized by the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) headed by former Secretary of Tourism Mina Gabor.  The festival was held in celebration of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.  The spotlight is on ecotourism, as the Philippines is rich in natural resources and biodiversity.  [...]

AWEN: Solution to social impact and gender equity?

from by Pacita U. Juan Yes, we already have the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) composed of focal point women organizations for all ASEAN member states. The Philippines is represented by the Women’s Business Council of the Philippines (WomenBizPH), of which I am now Chair while Chiqui Escareal-Go is President. The network was founded in 2014 and the First Chair was Madame [...]
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