Archive for July, 2015

There Can Be No Robust Growth Without Gender Equality

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According to Mari Kiviniemi, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Deputy Secretary-General, investment in women boosts economic development, competitiveness, job creation and GDP — and that’s why we launched WEGG.  Read the latest OECD Yearbook 2015 by OECD and catch Mari’s article on gender equality.

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OECD Yearbook 2015

Why a push for gender equality makes sound economic sense (turn to Page 20) by Mari Kiviniemi

Mari states: “Governments and businesses have a key role to play in reducing the gender gap, but they cannot act alone. Each and everyone of us is personally responsible as well. Both men and women must engage, commit and embrace this effort.”

Screenshot courtesy:  OECD Yearbook 2015

Attracting and Promoting Women Entrepreneurs in Cross-Border Trade

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Women play a big role in regional, national and international trade, competitiveness and economic growth.  Governments, private sectors and nonprofits such as WEGG can contribute and support women in economic leadership and global trade..

For example, women entrepreneurs in Uganda have asked their government to address the issues of non-tariff barriers (NTB), saying they hinder women’s participation in cross border trade.  NTBs are a form of restrictive trade where barriers to trade are established and take a form other than a tariff.  Non-tariff barriers might include quotas, levies, embargoes, sanctions and other restrictions.

Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Ltd. (UWEAL) indicates there is need for concerted efforts to address the challenge of NTBs, to come up with solutions and to attract and promote more women in cross border trade.

Read more:  Non-Tariff Barriers Failing Cross-Border Trade

Screenshot courtesy:  UWEAL

 

Best Resources (Sites) for Women Entrepreneurs in 2015

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We are thrilled, honored and humbled to make the prestigious Top 20 list of resources for women entrepreneurs in 2015.

Here’s what StarterPad said about Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global (WEGG):

As the name suggests, the mission behind Women Entrepreneurs GROW Global is to introduce women-owned businesses all over the world to the global opportunity. They want to empower every woman worldwide to go global. Originally started in 2008, the website …

Learn about the other great resources and sites mentioned for women entrepreneurs in the StarterPad list:  20 Best Sites for Female Entrepreneurs in 2015

We’ll say it for you:  We rock!

Illustration courtesy:  StarterPad

Only 2 Percent of Women-Owned Businesses Export Goods and Services

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According to Pamela Hamamoto, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the US to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva:

… that the majority of WOBs [women-owned businesses] are in fact small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), accounting for one-third of SMEs. Yet only 2% of those WOBs actually export goods and services. ‘This is not just a women’s issue,’ she said, ‘men and women must work together to achieve real progress.’

What that tells us is there is a whole heck of a lot of room for improvement to help women get out of their own backyards and conduct business worldwide through platforms like WEGG.  WEGG is on a mission to educate women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide on how to expand their businesses globally.  Watch for programs to make that happen — coming soon.

Read the entire article:  Women’s empowerment:  good for business, development and men

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