Capital Ethiopia Newspaper

Entrepreneurs Network Celebrates Women in Business

“Women in business leadership” was the theme of a workshop and a follow up celebration of March 8 International Women’s Day that was held by the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectorial Association (AACCSA) and Women Entrepreneurs Network. The work shop was held at Harmony Hotel on March 15 and attended by prominent women  including Mulu Solomon, the first woman president of the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectorial Association.
The event’s aim was to have more understanding of women’s network groups in Ethiopia and to share experiences and useful information that women can use in their own businesses. They also wanted to show that women don’t have to wait until March 8 to have a gathering to celebrate success.
“We have come a long way but there are still areas we need to work on. Even with our relationship with each other. There is a misconception that we women don’t like each other, we never encourage each other and we need to change that,” said Mulu Solomon.
A presentation was given by Tsegie Hailu, Director of local NGO Women in Self Employment (WISE). The presentation focused on women in managerial positions and their traits. “If you look at those who are successful in the business world they all have more or less the same qualities; dedication, zeal, high energy and that is also what we as women in business should have,” said Tsegie.
The event also celebrated Samrawit Moges owner of Travel Ethiopia tour agency that employs all women guides and who won the 2011 TIAW World of Difference life time achievement award for her outstanding work in the society.
Getachew Regasa, Chairman of Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectorial Association was present at the event and stated that AACCSA is doing a lot to assist women involved in middle and small enterprises by promoting their business through the chamber and hopes to see more people using that opportunity.
Women Entrepreneurs Network was established in 2011 under Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce and Sectorial Association (AACCSA) by 1,000 women who are entrepreneurs and members of AACCSA.