Women were not a part of the Executive Board till a law was passed by the Government and all Boards were bound to add women to their boards. As a result two seats were allocated to women members at LCCI in 2008 hence representation of women entrepreneurs in the board.
In 2008, as part of the board I took up the initiative of reviving the Women Resource Centre initially started in partnership with CIPE, using it to organize :-
Business Trainings of women members
Mentoring of women members
Exhibitions for women members
Meeting with Local and International Trade Bodies.
Introducing concept of Social Media Marketing.
Issues being faced by Women Entrepreneurs
Women need to be encouraged and facilitated to join the workforce as entrepreneurs. They shall prove to be strong drivers of economy and bring about a positive change. The challenges faced by women in the business environment of South Asia are quite similar. Women have the potential if trained, supported, facilitated and given a chance can bring about a change in the dynamics of the economy of any country.
The major issues faced are:
Lack of awareness and limited access to business information.
Lack of Training and Skill Development.
Lack of Access to finance
Lack of networking and communication gap between women entrepreneurs and regulatory bodies.
Lack of Trade policies which are Gender supportive.