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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 Read more: Follow us: @inquirerdotnet on Twitter | inquirerdotnet on Facebook Last Aug. 31, Asean women had their “moment” during the weeklong Asean Business Conference in Manila, which [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

ASEAN Women Leaders Explore the Philippines

Through Agila: The EKsperience Sta. Rosa, Laguna – Members of the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network (AWEN) were recently in Manila to attend a series of forums to discuss the growing role of women in today’s faster-paced, technology-driven world. The talks focused on S.T.E.A.M., which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math, a very timely theme for this year’s meeting [...]

Women rising in high-tech world

From Philippine Daily Inquirer by ANNELLE TAYAO-JUEGO Seasoned and startup. According to a few of Southeast Asia’s power women, it is the healthy mix of these two kinds of entrepreneurs which could increase the number of women in business across the region. “Startups are the best [kind of entrepreneurs] for new industries, because they work leaner, they work faster, and they have the technology. [...]

A woman of passion empowered by innovation

TeamAsia Founder and President Monette-Iturralde Hamlin, together with other influential #GirlBosses empowered Filipinas in celebration of International Women’s Day last March 8 through a dialogue on #WomenWill, a campaign by Google Philippines. In partnership with, Google Philippines sought to highlight technology and its capability to enable women to pursue their passions by providing [...]

Diversity and Sustainability in Action

from by Pacita “Chit” Juan There are born entrepreneurs who keep coming up with innovative ideas.  But how does one come up with something new, socially relevant, and profitable? The perfect person to ask would be Pacita “Chit” Juan — founder of Figaro Coffee Co., Binalot Fiesta Foods and ECHOstore, and proud ICD Fellow. “My advocacies are summed up in [...]
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