Press release

3 Dec 2021 Tashkent, UZ

EY moderates discussion on women’s economic contribution

Female entrepreneurs took part in an EY-moderated session in Tashkent to discuss entrepreneurial women’s contribution to the economy.

Local female leaders and entrepreneurs took part in an EY-moderated session in Tashkent on December 3 to discuss entrepreneurial women’s contribution to the economy.

The opening meeting of the Discussion Club of Women Entrepreneurs of Central Asia “Enhancing the Contribution of Women Entrepreneurs to Economic Growth and Prosperity” was held with representatives of international and non-governmental organizations in attendance.

Dilara Shurshenova, EY Consulting Practice Manager, moderated the Club’s panel session that focused on the role of women’s communities in supporting economic recovery and growth after COVID-19, and empowering entrepreneurial women to succeed globally.

We create an inclusive environment to unlock the potential of women in business, to transform society and improve business. I am happy to be part of this transformation,” Shurshenova said.

Dilara Shurshenova, EY Consulting Practice Manager

Dilara Shurshenova, EY Consulting Practice Manager

Leaders of CA female associations shared their experience in attracting qualified, motivated and ambitious female entrepreneurs, and discussed best strategies to involve and support SMEs led by women and help them recover from COVID-19. The list of speakers included representatives of the EBRD, UNDP, the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

“It’s great to have organizations providing support to women in business, specifically during the pandemic. It is so encouraging to see close cooperation in the region and to share best practices,” said one female participant.

The Discussion Club was founded by the Forum of Women Leaders of Central Asia, an informal coalition of female leaders from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan established one year ago to advocate and strengthen the role of all women in promoting sustainable development, peace and security in the region. The Forum’s founding meeting on 23 December 2020 was hosted by the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) and the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

EY joined the Forum to advance women’s empowerment and gender equality.

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