Assocham Ladies League, the women’s wing of trade body Assocham, launched its Hyderabad chapter, the fourth in India, deciding to focus on developing women entrepreneurship.

Andhra Pradesh Major Industries Minister Geetha Reddy wanted the league to work for developing new women entrepreneurship in the State. “Today, hardly 10 per cent of the micro and small enterprises and 9.5 per cent of the medium scale units are run by women,” she said.

Examples in developed countries have shown that there is a strong relation between advancement of women and economic development.

The Minister said the State was the first to set up an exclusive industrial estate for women, with plans to establish more such facilities. She urged this global network to address issues of education and health of rural women of India.

Harbeen Arora, global chairperson of the league, said it would strive to make Hyderabad a hub for change in the entire southern region. She said concerns for women were common across nations, especially in terms of empowerment.


(This article was published on February 11, 2013)
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