Entrepreneurship is Focus of Women and Girls’ Financial Conference Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

judithkim.jpg - 72.30 KbThe Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis-Barrow, is inviting all women and girls to attend a conference on women and girl’s financial health at the Radisson Fort George Hotel on Friday, August 29. 

The conference has been dubbed a “National Call to Action” and will feature some of the country’s most successful women. Kim Barrow says the aim of the conference is to higlight the advantages of entrepreneurship. Individuals will have the opportunity to hear from successful entrepreneurs as they share their experiences. They will speak about the early challenges they faced, how they overcame those challenges and what is in store for the future.

Judith Alpuche, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Human Development, says the panel will address several issues facing women in the economic environment. She added that “we have our women and girls highly visible in the education system (especially secondary and tertiary) but when we look at the labour force the unemplyment rate is almost double for females.”  She asks, “What is it that women face? Why are we not seeing them in the economic environment? What are the limitations that exist? What is the support that they need?” Alpuche says those are the questions that need to be asked so that policy makers can come up with a good diagnosis of the situation and move forward with solutions.

Kim Barrow believes the problem may be a lack of aspiration. One of the most important aims of the 20,000 Strong campaign is to highlight women in leadership positions. Barrow believes that young women are more likely to aspire for leadership if they become familiar with women who are already leading. She says, “It is imperative for us as women in leadership positions to encourage our young girls to aspire to be leaders because they need to believe we can do just as well or even better than the men.” 

Barrow says, “There is absolutely no way that a country can move forward without the involvement of women in leadership positions.” The conference on women and girls’ financial health takes place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. inside the Caracol Room of the Radisson. Accompanying the conference will be an exposition of women entrepreneurs and their works also a the Radisson.

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