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AVPN Webinar: Empowering Rural Women through Entrepreneurship and Political Leadership

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Online and India

Date & time

10 September 2020



10 September 2020


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AVPN Webinar: Empowering Rural Women through Entrepreneurship and Political Leadership

Empowering Rural Women through Entrepreneurship and Political Leadership

Thursday, 10 September 2020
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (IST)

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The two biggest challenges women in rural India face are the lack of financial independence as well as lack of say in local governance. Both of these push women towards dependency for access to resources, be it in the family or the public space. Supporting women in rural areas through creating entrepreneurship opportunities, an enabling ecosystem, and systemic capacity building is an effective way of ensuring financial independence for them. Similarly, mobilizing women leaders in local governments is essential and has proven impactful in the success of policy prioritization and implementation. It also leads to women having a say in the policies that impact them.

In this webinar, listen to our members FWWB, India and Centre for Catalysing Change, on how they have been effectively empowering Indian rural women to take on these challenges.

Key Takeaways

  • What are the challenges and possible solutions in women’s entrepreneurship in rural areas
  • How to build an ecosystem for entrepreneurship promotion for women
  • How do women in local government impact the social indicators of their communities
  • How can women be hand-held for accepting political roles in local governance

S S Bhat
FWWB India

S S Bhat is the Chief Executive Officer of Friends of Women’s World Banking India (FWWB, India) an organisation focusing on Women Empowerment. Prior to joining FWWB, Mr Bhat was Managing Director of Ananya Finance for Inclusive Growth Pvt Ltd, an impact lender in the space of Microfinance, FPO and environmentally relevant MSMSes.

He is a veteran banker with over 36 years of experience in diverse areas of banking in one of the largest public sector banks of India.

Neha Kansara
Program Head- Capacity Building,
FWWB India

Neha Kansara is a development professional with more than 17years’ experience. She has successfully steered many large scale programs on women empowerment, livelihood and entrepreneurship promotion and capacity building of micro finance and farmer producer organisations.  She has been proactively involved in strategizing, designing implementation and evaluation across programs.

Dr. Aparajita Gogoi
Executive Director,
Centre for Catalyzing Change

Dr Aparajita Gogoi, is a passionate advocate and crusader for the health and rights of women and adolescents.  She is Executive Director of an Indian NGO, Centre for Catalyzing Change (formerly CEDPA India) which works to improve the lives of girls and women by empowering them with skills to build better lives. She has over 26 years of extensive experience in defining approaches and implementing strategies for issues around women and girl’s health and rights in India through advocacy, social mobilization, and social accountability campaigns.

Madhu Joshi
Senior Advisor-Gender Equity and Governance,
Centre for Catalyzing Change

Madhu Joshi, Senior Advisor, Gender Equity and Governance, has a degree in Law from the University of Delhi, with 25 years of progressive experience in the gender and development sector. At C3, Madhu has led on large scale campaigns, including strategy, communications, mobilisation and evaluations and led interventions focused both on advocacy and implementing at scale and evidence building for scale-  that are thematically focused on political empowerment of women in the Panchayat system, addressing GBV issues concerning women, girls and young men, ensuring accountability and quality of care in reproductive health services.

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