Intl business womens summit in Nepal

CNC
Added On September 13, 2017

Through a combination of culture and family pressures, women remain under-represented in a lot of South Asian businesses.
 
As a way to help, a new international summit kicked off in Nepal on Monday.
 
CNC went along to see more.
 
Kathmandu, Nepal, and the first Across Barriers-International Business Women's Summit. 
 
Over 80 delegates - from more than a dozen countries - are here for networking and to share their experience.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) 2: PRAMILA ACHARYA RIJAL, President, South Asia Women Development Forum 
"The first international summit is going to focus on promoting business partnership and exploring marketing opportunities through sharing and transfer of skills and technologies."
   
The event is being organized by South Asia Women Development Forum, and aims to promote business opportunities for female Asian entrepreneurs.
   
The two-day summit also focuses on exploring marketing opportunities through sharing and transfer of skills and technology, especially in trade and tourism, information technology along with agriculture and textile sectors. 
   
Inaugurating the event, Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said his government has looked to empower women through its policies, funds and legal interventions. 
   
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH)1: SHER BAHADUR DEUBA, Nepali Prime Minister    
"Violence against women and girls continue to exist in different spheres and different forms. The challenge before us is to translate policies and programs and commitment to equal rights into paper and practice. We can do this through joint efforts with seriousness and sincerity".
   
He said financial power and economic empowerment can reduce vulnerability for women, whether in Nepal or in South Asia. 
 
Women remain under-represented in South Asian businesses.
   
According to the South Asia Women Development Forum, only 10 percent of South Asian women are involved in small and medium enterprises.