As over 150 countries gear to host events to celebrate outstanding women in business, in observance of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), EMPRETEC Guyana is also seizing the opportunity to salute and congratulate all of the local entrepreneurs.
Significantly, within the EMPRETEC Guyana experience, there has been the development of the growth potential of women entrepreneurs through a series of specially customized training programmes. Representatives of EMPRETEC told Kaieteur News that according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s latest statistics; an estimated 126 million women started or ran new businesses in 67 economies around the world.
This astounding figure alone they said proves that the influence of women in business should not be overlooked. The firm also made reference to a new study (Aberdeen Business School) which claims that women entrepreneurship within ‘pink collar’ work, a term used to typify female dominated industries such as Public Relations, retail and fashion, has enabled women to break the glass ceiling.
The company said too, that the report also explores the idea that entrepreneurship within pink collar work may have enabled women to get out of the pink ghetto, defined as primarily low paid, female dominated jobs, whilst fulfilling ‘accepted’ gender roles.
In the circumstances, EMPRETEC Guyana sought to specially salute yesterday, women entrepreneurs within its network, and, in particular, Mrs. Tracy Antoinette Green Douglas, of Pandama Winery and Retreat, who was selected among the 10 finalists for the fourth United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) EMPRETEC Women in Business Award (WBA) recently held in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mrs. Douglas follows on the heels of Irene Bacchus Holder and Lucia Desir who were finalists in 2008 and 2010 respectively. The Global EMPRETEC Women in Business Awards have been presented every two years since 2008 with the main aim of celebrating exceptional women entrepreneurs who have benefited from UNCTAD’s EMPRETEC training programme across the 35 National EMPRETEC Centres in which the programme is being implemented.
The Global Entrepreneurship Week initiative is now in its seventh year and continues to expand its reach since it began in 2008, founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, with 77 countries. GEW runs from November 17 to 23.
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