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Mauritius gives women entrepreneurs a thumbs-up

Mauritius gives women entrepreneurs a thumbs-up

A one stop-shop for women inaugurated at the Indira Gandhi Women Centre in Rivière du Rempart in the presence of the Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mireille Martin, in July 2013 (Source: www.gov.mu)

The third edition of the Women Talk Business Forum was held in Phoenix on September 25 to encourage Mauritius’ women entrepreneurs to enhance their skills and confidence to set up and run their own businesses. The Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare, Mireille Martin, urged women to avail of the opportunities and support provided by the National Women Entrepreneur Council (NWEC).

More than 150 potential and existing women entrepreneurs from Phoenix, Vacoas, Curepipe, Pailles, Rose-Hill, Quatre-Bornes and Réduit attended the business forum.

Martin stated that there should be no restrictions on women in terms of the economic activities they are allowed to engage in. She highlighted the need to break down barriers that impede the personal fulfilment as well as professional and economic development of women.

The minister emphasized that engaging in entrepreneurship empowers women. Starting their own business encourages them to become self-reliant and achieve financial independence.

“Enterprise opportunities can offer financial independence and flexibility which in turn bring real autonomy,” Martin said.

She pointed out that women-owned businesses can make significant contributions to economic growth and job creation. The minister added that the government is continuously providing practical support and networking opportunities to women entrepreneurs, under the aegis of the National Women Entrepreneur Council (NWEC).

The NWEC regularly convenes the Women Talk Business Forum to empower women entrepreneurs through innovative and dynamic activities, projects and programmes. The forum aims at providing a networking platform for existing women entrepreneurs and business owners to and to sensitise potential women entrepreneurs on existing facilities at an institutional level.

The first forum was held at Quartier Militaire this July. Of the 111 participants, 13 women entrepreneurs registered as new members of the NWEC. The second one was held in August at the Triolet Women Empowerment Centre with 90 participants, and saw 15 women entrepreneurs registering as new members of NWEC. The new members get counselling and other support required in establishing their own businesses from the NWEC.

Source: Government of Mauritius

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