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20 K Campaign Focuses on Financial Empowerment for Women Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00

20 k strong.jpg - 119.81 KbOver 200 women and young ladies answered the “National Call to Action” from Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow, on Friday, August 29, when the 20,000 Strong campaigned proceeded with a focus on financial empowerment for women. 

According to the Special Envoy, the Conference on Women and Girl’s Financial Health is “a precursor that will inform the design of an economic development program which will support women entrepreneurs in starting, growing and sustaining their businesses.” The conference provided an opportunity for young ladies and aspiring entrepreneurs to hear from successful businesswomen. The accomplished entrepreneurs in attendance shared about the early challenges they faced and how they paddled through. The conference also provided an opportunity for policy makers to hear from new business owners about what support they need and what are the limitations that exist in the economic environment.

Mrs. Barrow says we should think about the single mother who raises her children, ensure they are healthy and educated with a small home based business as her only source of income. “She always manages to make ends meet and we give passing acknowledgement to her but we don’t stop to imagine how much more she could do with the right resources at her disposal,” Barrow says. The other group of women the Special Envoy wants to reach are the ones “whose ideas have fallen on the wayside and whose businesses have stagnated or has been forced to shut down from lack of assistance and nowhere to turn”.

Special Envoy Barrow will continue working with other social partners to design the economic development program to assist aspiring entrepreneurs. However, the Women’s Department of the Ministry of Human Development has already been working with women across the country to form working groups and open small businesses. The highlight of the conference on Friday was the 20,000 STRONG Marketplace. Women from across the country showcased products such as pepper sauce, jam, coconut oil, vinegar, jewelry and other accessories. A group from Punta Gorda brought some fine crafts for souvenirs and home beautification. Hollistic School of Massage and Spa Therapy was also present to provide much needed service.

The National Call to Action Conference on Women and Girl’s Financial Health was a huge success and the resulting program designed as a result will provide much needed financial opportunities for Belizean women.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 September 2014 17:12