What is WEA?
The voyage of WEA started 25 years back in December 1993. Bangladesh Employer’s Association (BEA) organized a national seminar on “Women Entrepreneurship Development: Women in Business” where around three hundred recognized ladies accumulated to share their experience. It was for the first time from everywhere throughout the nation took part in such an occasion. Both women in business and women who aspired to enter business were all conveyed onto one stage to voice their difficulties, needs, encounters, thoughts and endeavoring to enter the standard business.
Then honorable prime minister inaugurated the seminar and the Honorable Leader of the Opposition honored the closing ceremony. Both of them emphasized the urgent need and importance of mainstreaming women in business for the country’s socio-economic development. The honorable Ministers at that time from Planning, Finance, Commerce, Industry and Women affairs chaired related sessions and presented the initiatives taken by the Government for Women entrepreneurship development. The paper exhibited the activities taken by the Government for ladies enterprise improvement. The paper moderators and discussants of the sessions were famous Academicians, Researchers, and Experts in this field.
It was the first time so many enthusiastic women came together to speak of their involvement in business and demanded a supportive environment and policy that would enable them to contribute to the national economy. it was a grand affair and a wonderful
two days of discussions with experts, successful business women and ministers who all pledged their support to strengthen women in business. in the final session, through an open discussion, the great achievement and output of this landmark event was the formation a “business women’s association” unanimously supported by all the participants, who were eager that the process that was started by BEA should not end with just a seminar. it was also decided that both business women would be members of this body, thus giving space to all women who were interested to develop their business acumen. Thus the journey of Women Entrepreneur’s Association began.
WEA in its 25 years of existence was presided over by 6 presidents: MsRokiaRahman (1994-95 & 2001-2003), Ms. Masarrat Khan (1996-1997), Ms. SharmeenMurshid (1998-2000), Ms. Sabrina Islam (2003-2014), NasreenRabRuba (2015-2017) and current President Ms. Nilufer Ahmed Karim (2018-2019).
Working committees, such as training, seminar, product promotion, fund raising, event management, international relations, and media were formed and relevant activities were undertaken.
Specific Objectives of WEA are:
- To lead the development, Progress and success of women entrepreneurs in the era of globalization of commerce, trade, and industry.
- To motivate and guide women involved in entrepreneurial, commercial and industrial activities in order to upgrade the quality and quantity, standard and level of their involvement in line with the vision of the country.
- To arrange cooperation with the government for the achievement and implementation of its policies.
- To network with organizations and bodies to promote the development of women entrepreneurs.
- To be an advisory and consultancy body for members within related fields.
- To establish a resource center that provides support service for women entrepreneurial development.
- Honoring the Empowerment of women
- Training and advocacy
- Regional Cooperation
- Exposure Visits
Celebrating the Silver Jubilee of 2019” was held at the gulshan club. The Honorable Mayor of DNCC Mr. AtiqulIslam graced the occasion as the chief guest. Dr. AtiurRahman, Former Governor of Bangladesh Bank, H.E. SidselBleken, Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Dhaka and Ms. RokiaAfzalRahman, Vice President International Chamber of Commerce, Bangladesh, ICCB graced the occasion as the special guest. Atiqul Islam said in the event that women have significant contribution in bringing success to the country’s apparel exports. He said many Bangladeshi female designers were working with world famous brands but the country’s people were in the dark of their success stories.