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From the CIPE Development Blog:

What does it mean to empower women?

Women are not helpless in the face of existing challenges.
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Youth speak up on women's rights

Youth from India and Kenya detail what societies can do to overcome barriers to women's empowerment.
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Gender diversity of corporate boards in Pakistan

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Pakistan surveys companies to see how many of them have women on their boards.
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When life hands you lemons

Palestinian women are becoming bread-winners and have a more noticeable presence in the public and private sectors.
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The barriers to entrepreneurship must be overcome through broad-based reform efforts. Individual skills-building is not enough to promote successful entrepreneurs
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Volume 3 - The Center for International Private Enterprise's bulletin on women's empowerment

March 2011: Focus on economic empowerment
Register now for Democracy that Delivers for Women

Henrietta Holsman Fore to deliver remarks at CIPE conference
CIPE launches KnowHow | Highlighting CIPE partners and programs: Tashabos
Resources we like: The Business of Empowering Women, McKinsey & Company


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Focus on economic empowerment, entrepreneurship, and women in business

Women who make their own decisions regarding use of resources are in a better position to improve the quality of life for their families and economies at large. In that way, economic empowerment is fundamental to women's rights and well-being of societies.

Economic empowerment can come from a variety of means. Entrepreneurship allows women to support themselves without relying on their fathers, husbands, or others who might otherwise be making decisions for them. Women's participation in business provides them leverage over their futures.

Economic empowerment can also provide the political clout necessary for women to be leaders in their communities. Women's inclusion in private and public sector leadership positions is fundamental to both democratic governance and well-functioning market economies.

A variety of obstacles exist to women's economic empowerment, such as lack of education, opportunity, access to finance, and personal freedom. Despite the challenges that exist, women around the world are still making a difference in their economies and communities. We hope you will continue exploring these success stories with us at Democracy that Delivers for Women, an international conference to take place in Washington, DC on June 20-21, 2011.

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Register now for Democracy that Delivers for Women and support women leaders and entrepreneurs around the world

Attendees of CIPE's Democracy that Delivers for Women will explore successful approaches to women's empowerment, hearing from leaders in public policy, business, international organizations, and civil society. Register now to reserve your place.

Interested in sponsoring international participants to attend the conference? Email CIPE to find out how you can contribute.

To learn more about the conference agenda, confirmed panelists, discussion groups, and other resources, visit www.democracythatdelivers.com.

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Henrietta Holsman Fore to deliver remarks at Democracy that Delivers for Women

Henrietta Holsman Fore is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Holsman International, an investment and management company. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Fore was the first woman to serve as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development and Director of United States Foreign Assistance. Ms. Fore is a Trustee of the Women's Foreign Policy Group, co-Chair of Women Corporate Directors, and a member of the International Women's Forum.

Participants in Democracy that Delivers for Women will also hear from Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-large for Global Women's Issues, and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, among others. Visit www.democracythatdelivers.com to stay current on the latest news and announcements regarding conference speakers and information.

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CIPE launches KnowHow: a new initiative to connect volunteers to women's business associations around the world



KnowHow [www.KnowHowExchange.org] is a new online resource that matches the professional skills of corporate or individual volunteers with women's associations seeking technical assistance.

Rather than helping a single entrepreneur or businesswoman at a time, helping an association multiplies the effect of a single intervention across an entire membership. Furthermore, by building associations' know-how, volunteers ensure that their contributions are felt long after their mentorship formally ends.

You can help build associations' know-how just by donating your time. To learn more, visit www.KnowHowExchange.org.

CIPE Deputy Director Jean Rogers launched KnowHow at the United Nations on International Women's Day 2011. You can read her remarks on the CIPE website.

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Highlighting CIPE partners and programs

Tashabos, Afghanistan

[above: Britain Sky News features Tashabos]

Through CIPE's Tashabos program, young people in Afghanistan are learning vital business and entrepreneurial skills that will in turn allow them to build a stronger Afghan economy. In a society that previously excluded women from political and economic life as well as education under the Taliban, approximately half of Tashabos students are girls.

As part of the program, CIPE provides training for teachers, textbooks, and other materials for students who are eager to learn. In 2008, 508 Tashabos students started businesses, employing a total of 796 people; 86 students expanded their family business; and 46 students increased the efficiency of their family business.

CIPE also implemented a new business proposal writing competition for Tashabos students. Winners received honoraria and participated in a course specifically geared to make their business dream a reality. The individual case stories exemplify the success of this program:

» With the business knowledge and confidence gained from
Tashabos
, Shabnam, a 10th grade student at Zinab Kobra High School, started her own beauty shop, employing 10 other people in Kabul. She is now designing clothes at home and is planning to open a tailoring shop to meet demand.
 
» Wahida learned to make clothes for her dolls while watching her mother work with the home sewing machine. At the suggestion of her teacher, she started making and mending school uniforms for herself and her classmates. After her Tashabos experience, she plans to set up a garment shop to provide jobs and clothes for her community.
 
» Uninterested in business before Tashabos, Baset now plays a key role in his family's tailoring shop. He markets the business to new clients, including ministry employees, and secured a permit to sell at the U.S. Army base. In one year, Baset's new business techniques increased revenues by more than 30 percent!

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Resources we like: The Business of Empowering Women, McKinsey & Company

In this report, McKinsey & Company builds the case for why economically empowering women is good for business; what the private sector can do to make a difference; and how efforts can improve in the future.

McKinsey draws on a large pool of evidence for explaining the benefits of economically empowering women, ranging from better reputation to stronger consumer markets.

Visit www.mckinsey.com to learn more.

Look for CIPE’s Women’s Update next month as we discuss women leaders and the importance of role models.

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth. Please feel free to contact us at forum@cipe.org

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