KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 18: Nagaland Legislative Assembly Speaker Sharingain Longkumer today asserted that the State Government is discussing empowerment of women and bringing socio-economic upliftment through Naga women entrepreneurs and social activists.
Longkumer was speaking during the inaugural function of Evidence Based Policy Consultation on enabling women entrepreneurship ~ A multi-stakeholder conclave organized by Project Her&Now (Deutsche Gosellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Dhriiti, and Investment & Development Authority of Nagaland (IDAN), at Capital Convention Centre here.
“Participation and contribution of the women entrepreneurs in the socio-economic upliftment of our people has become very important and they have a greater role to play”, he said.
In this, the Speaker said the Government is contemplating and discussing on how to empower the women and bring socio-economic development through Naga women entrepreneurs and social activists.
He also highlighted that the Nagaland Government has earmarked 25% of funds to promote women entrepreneurs and this is a good initiative. He said the percentage can go up if more participation and contribution is made by the women.
He said Nagaland, a State with approximately 20 lakh population, should focus on developing rural women.
In policy making, he said unless the women entrepreneurs and organizations bring out the right policies, suggestions and requirements through the various Departments that look into women affairs, the Government won’t be able to bring out the policies related to women welfare.
Policy papers in sectors requiring focus will go a long way in making good and sound policies to encourage entrepreneurship, he said.
In the global scenario there are lots of successful women entrepreneurs, and that can also be created in Nagaland too, but it will depend on the determination and enthusiasm of the Naga women, he said.
Touching on the education phrase “Each one Teach one”, he said to encourage women entrepreneurs in Nagaland, “Each one should reach one” and promote entrepreneurship to bring about change in Naga society.
Change may not happen overnight but it is a slow process which requires participation and contribution from every corner, he said, adding that the focus should not only be to encourage women entrepreneurs in the urban areas but also the rural areas.
Longkumer also encouraged young entrepreneurs to have the passion to make it into a profession saying that Government jobs have reached a saturation point.
Project Her&Now GIZ GmbH), Dhriiti, and IDAN came together to undertake the conclave on ‘Enabling Women Entrepreneurship in Nagaland’ culminating in a physical multi-stakeholder meeting today.
This consultation has been organised with an objective to create a Policy Whitepaper on women entrepreneurship ecosystem of Nagaland through a stakeholder consultation process, said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IDAN Alemtemshi Jamir.
The consultation brought together the recommendations from not only the women entrepreneurs of Nagaland but also from the various financial institutions, business ecosystem players (from across NE) and State Government Departments.
Jamir said the conclave has been quite a journey and hoped that this exercise will pay huge dividends, not only to recognize women entrepreneurship in the State but will also pave the way for the coming of age of ‘women in business’.
In a structured and systematically planned process, consultations were done with more than 90 stakeholders from across the State representing women entrepreneurs as well as practitioners and thought leaders from more than 32 Government, non-government and private sector agencies supporting women entrepreneurship in the State of Nagaland, stated a handout by the organisers.
Co-Founder, Dhriiti Anirban Gupta said this consultation has been a historic event in the space of Women Entrepreneurship in Nagaland and one of its kind in the country. He felt that if all the stakeholders together can mobilise effective policy towards supporting Women Entrepreneurship in Nagaland, this would be a model for the other States and the country to emulate.
This would also empower Women Entrepreneurs of the State to build a financially stronger and safer society, he said while
Project Her&Now (GIZ), IDAN and Dhriiti along with NuSocia (knowledge partners for the consultation) will consolidate this entire exercise and present the Policy Whitepaper on Women Entrepreneurship in Nagaland to the State Government on International Women’s Day this year, it was informed.
GIZ GmbH is implementing the project ‘Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs and Start-ups by Women’ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and in partnership with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India. Under the name of Her&Now, the project aims to contribute to a more enabling environment for women-led enterprises in India.
IDAN is a State notified Investment Promotion Agency to facilitate creation of investment opportunities and to explore all possible funding/investment opportunities for infrastructure and socio-economic development in the State of Nagaland.
Dhriti ~ The Courage Within ~ is a non-profit organisation working for promotion of women entrepreneurship across the country. With its core work around shaping women-led businesses, Dhriiti’s commitment to invest in the North East Region has been unwavering.
(Page News Service)