Mauritius declares winners of National Women Entrepreneur Council Award 2014
Gender Equality minister Mireille Martin lauded women entrepreneurs who participated in the NWEC 2014, highlighting their courage in putting their business up for assessment, their pride in their abilities as well as their desire to showcase their progress. (Image: Facebook)
Mauritius witnessed the awards ceremony of the National Women Entrepreneur Council (NWEC) Award 2014 on Monday, August 11, 2014 at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture in Phoenix.
The ceremony was held in the presence of Gender Equality minister Mireille Martin, Commerce minister Sayyad Sayed-Hossen and NWEC chairperson Vimi Appadoo, among others.
In her address, Mireille Martin lauded women entrepreneurs who participated in the NWEC 2014, highlighting their courage in putting their business up for assessment, their pride in their abilities as well as their 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 Minister Martin, however, the business world in Mauritius still remains predominantly male, with only 14% of women owning their businesses.
However, the minister feels that this figure only goes to show that the entrepreneurial potential of women is not yet fully exploited.
She added that “women entrepreneurship represents a stimulating alternative to traditional wage earning job.”
Mireille Martin concluded by saying that entrepreneurship is one of the premier 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.
Coming to the awards ceremony, first honors went to Zinaida Ramjan Ameerally from Zinaida Co Ltd, a small design atelier which deals in feminine accessories such as lingerie and jewellery.
Zinaida Ramjan Ameerally also secured first place in the textile category, which entitled her to a cash prize of Rs 50,000.
The winners of the remaining categories, namely agribusiness, handicraft, and services, also won cash prizes of Rs 50,000.
Christiane Chowree from DCF Roots Company Ltd, Marie Francesca Sylvie from l’Art du Verre, and Gladyse Lavigilante from Capline call centre were the winners under the remaining categories.
The objective of the award was to provide women entrepreneurs with the opportunity to obtain recognition for their creative and innovative endeavors.