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Women entrepreneurs in West Bengal discuss post Covid-19 strategies

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The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industries on Tuesday organized a webinar on “international perspectives on social and behavioral approach of business”.
Taking part in the discussion, Nayantara Pal Choudhury, chairperson, socio-economic initiative, the Bengal Chamber, said, “Our emphasis is to create a synergy between business and society taking lesson from the difficult time at the outbreak of the pandemic. We believe women entrepreneurship and employability as a whole are the areas which need adequate focus.”

Joining the webinar from Bangladesh, Munal Mahbub, senior VP, Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said, “Supporting women entrepreneurs by accelerating long term trends like digitization, remote work, health tech and edu-tech will be a major goal during this pandemic.”

From UAE, Spandana Palaypu, founder and CEO, ZoEasy Solutions, said, “Covid has brought out innovation in every aspect of life, with technology shattering the barriers and creating a spirit of solidarity among us all. Combining this with modern hiring practices and a culture of constant learning, we can solve big human issues, create economic empowerment and reduce inequalities, especially in the blue / grey collar communities.”

Indrani Malkani, managing trustee, V Citizens Action Network (VCAN) and an Ashoka Fellow who joined in from Mumbai, said “The emergency situation of the current times, not only in India but globally, should transition into positive business outcomes and making responsiveness to the changed social needs, vital to business culture. Equally, it is necessary to bring about an emotional connect of the common citizen with the government, the primary change agent.”

As informed by UN Women, the pandemic is deepening pre-existing inequalities, exposing vulnerabilities in social, political and economic systems, which are in turn amplifies the impacts of the pandemic.

The International Labor Organization estimates that 195 million jobs could be eliminated globally due to the pandemic with a majority in sectors predominated by women. Over 740 million women around the world work in the informal sector which is vulnerable to elimination due to Covid-19.

 

Source: Times of India

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