UN assists in developing women’s entrepreneurship in Karakalpakstan

Mar 7, 2017

More than 150 women residing in the three districts of Karakalpakstan will participate in the training seminars on development of women’s entrepreneurship.

According to the UN data, in a “full potential” scenario in which women play an identical role in labour markets to that of men, as much as $28 trillion could be added to global annual GDP by 2025. This number speaks for significance of creating employment opportunities for women and their involvement in entrepreneurship to increase economic welfare worldwide. However, lack of awareness and relevant knowledge coupled with financial and technical resources, as well as lack of professional skills of women, in particular, in remote areas, turn out to be the critical factor hampering women’s employment and personal fulfilment.

Considering these factors, the UN Joint Programme “Building the resilience of communities affected by the Aral Sea disaster through the Multi-partner Human Security Fund for the Aral Sea” arranges workshops for women from three pilot districts of the programme – Takhtakupir, Muynak and Shumanay. Local women, dealing solely with housekeeping and wishing to set up own business, as well as those who are willing to change their profession, will be invited to the event.

Workshops will take place in the format of interactive presentations. Consultants from the Karakalpakstan branch of the Business Women's Association of Uzbekistan “Tadbirkor ayol” will tell, by personal example, about opportunities and perspectives of entrepreneurship, specifics of the work with clients, available courses on professional development and gaining new handicraft skills.

Participants of the training seminar will also review the basics of doing business, how to start private business, conduct a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis, build a start-up capital. In addition, the workshop will cover the issues of legal forms of private entrepreneurship, specifics of running a family business, opportunities to obtain concessional loans, submission of financial statements, taxation and business plan preparation.

Workshops will be held on the following dates: March 9-10, March 14-15 and March 23-24. It is expected that participants of the trainings will get the necessary information for setting up a business, learn about the opportunities for personal growth and contribution to family welfare to improve living standards.

For additional information on participation in seminar-training, please, contact Ms. Nabira Djiemuratova, Specialist on Women's Empowerment of the UN Joint Programme, Tel.: (+998 61) 224-13-81.

* Based on the materials of the UN Joint Programme implemented by UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA and UNV, funded by UNTFHS, “Building the resilience of communities affected by the Aral Sea disaster through the Multi-partner Human Security Fund for the Aral Sea”