Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Book launch, bazaar mark WENN programme

A book launch programme-cum-Woman Entrepreneurs in Nagaland (WENN) bazaar was held on October 22 at the Sky Garden, Chumoukedima.
According to a DIPR report, at the programme, communication expert, project Her&Now, GIZ representative, Sukriti Somvashi highlighted the gathering on the project. She said the project had been initiated based on the fact that currently, India’s female labour force participation stands at 19 percent.
Similarly, she said less than 20 percent of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises in India was led by women.
Stating that there was a lot to gain by increasing the share of women in the workforce, Somvashi said according to estimates, equal participation of women in the labour market would increase India’s Gross domestic product (GDP) by 27 percent.
She then said that entrepreneurship was one important opportunity to increase women’s participation in the economy and to realize India’s growth potential.
Guest speaker, Lithrongla G Sangtam said women are the backbone of the economy in Nagaland but they cannot progress without networking.
Sangtam said though the hardships woman entrepreneurs go through are visible, their needs were not realised be it in the infrastructure need or the financial support.
She added that there are blockages and shortcomings when it comes to supporting women entrepreneurship.
She lamented that though Naga society was “free and open” there are blockages from the society and families when it comes to women entrepreneurship.
She then urged the entrepreneurs and women to build one’s social structure.

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