‘Sustaining women in entrepreneurship major challenge’

Kathmandu, Aug 25: Minister for Women Children and Senior Citizen Tham Maya Thapa has said social transformation is not possible without economic transformation.

Speaking at a programme on Women Entrepreneurship in Nepal organised jointly by Ministry for Women Children and Senior Citizen and Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) programme of United Nations, Minister Thapa said though the participation of women in political sector kept on increasing, women could not be empowered economically because the number of women involved in entrepreneurship was very nominal.

“Women involvement in entrepreneurship is negligible. And sustainability of women in entrepreneurship is a major challenge for now.  Therefore, all stakeholders have to discuss about the sustainability of the women entrepreneurs,” she added.

Financial access, use of information and technology and gender friendly environment at all industries could increase the women’s participation in entrepreneurship, Thapa further said.

Chandra Kumar Ghimire, secretary at the Ministry, said that the programme would be fruitful for development and expansion of entrepreneurship in all states across the country.

Representatives from many financial organisations, municipalities, National Planning Commission attended the programme, Rudra Sharma, joint-secretary of the Ministry said.

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