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Women's Economic Empowerment

Women's Economic Empowerment, with Focus on Tourism & Textiles in the IORA Countries
Park Royal Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
17-19 August 2014

IORA Event Agenda

Summary Report 

Day 1:

Sunday 17 August 2014                                                                                          

17:00-17:30 Registration
18:00

Welcome Ceremony (National dress Welcome)

Welcome by the Australian High Commissioner to Malaysia, Mr Rod Smith PSM

Welcome by the Secretary General Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development, Yang Berbahagia Dato' Sabariah Hassan

Opening Remarks from the Australian Ambassador for women and Girls, Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM

Cultural Event

Group Photo

19:00

Official Dinner

Dinner speaker: Dr Katerina Teaiwa, Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (Australia)

Day 2:

Monday 18 August 2014

08:30 - 09:00

Welcome from the IORA Secretary General, His Excellency Ambassador K V Bhagirath

Introductions - Event Facilitator

09:00 - 09:45

Session 1: Where are we now?

Presentation on the current situation for women's economic empowerment in the Indian Ocean Region, followed by a question and answer session

Dr Susan Harris-Rimmer, Director of Studies, Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (Australia)

Presentation

Ms Ellen Kallinowsky, Chief Technical Advisor, GIZ

Presentation

09:45 - 10:30

Session 2: Why is women's economic empowerment important?

Presentations from organisations and individuals conducting research on women's economic empowerment related to IORA Member Countries.

Dr Katerina Teaiwa, Senior Lecturer, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific (Australia)

Presentation

Ms Yumiko Yamamoto, Policy Specialist, UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Centre

Presentation

Ms Madelein Mkunu, President, Leading Women Africa (South Africa)

Presentation

11:00 - 11:45

Session 3: Individual Stories - Textiles

Business women will present their personal stories on empowerment in the textiles industry.

Ms Wendy Chatterton, Owner Ukhamba Craft Co-operative (South Africa)

Ms Sandra Wanduragala, Founder and Chairman Selyn Exporters (PVT) Ltd (Sri Lanka)

11:45 - 12:30

Session 4: Panel on textiles stories

Panellists will draw out the policy implications from the case studies, including for government and economies. What changes can IORA governments makes to ensure that more women can be empowered through participating in the textiles industry?

Dr Zahra Karimi Moughari, Director, Women's Study Center, University of Mazandaran (I R of Iran)

Dr Cecilia Ng, Director the Penang Women's Development Corporation (Malaysia)

12:30 - 13:30

Working Lunch

Screening of a video on NAWEM and how it reflects Malaysia's women's empowerment sentiments (following panel session)

The President of NAWEM, Ms Sarojini Ruth Rajaser, will give an address higlighting NAWEM's role in the women entrepreneurs' scene in Malaysia

13:45 - 14:30

Session 5: Individual stories - Tourism

Business women will present their personal stories on empowerment in the tourism industry.

Ms Natalie Tenzer-Silva, Director, DANA Tours, Maputo, Mozambique (South Africa)

Ms Bakomalala Nirinalijao, Founder and General Manager, Go Travel (Madagascar)

Ms Gouthami, CEO, Travel Another (India)

14:30 - 15:15

Session 6: Panel on tourism stories

Panelists will draw out the policy implications from the case studies, including for government and economies. What changes can IORA governments make to ensure that more women can be empowered through participating in the tourism industry?

Dr Haywantee Ramkissoon, Research Fellow, Behaviour Works (Australia)

Dr Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, Senior Lecturer, University of South Australia Business School (Australia)

15:45 - 17:15

Sessions 7 & 8: Small group work: Deepening the discussion

Delegates will hold group discussions to further investigate the issues and ideas arising from the presentations; the tourism and textiles case studies; and the panel discussions.

Day 3:

Tuesday 19 August 2014

09:00 - 09:45

Session 9: Individual stories - Opportunities and challenges for women's entrepreneurship

Presentations from women entrepreneurs showcasing women's contributions to innovative economies, followed by a question and answer session.

H.E. Dr. Shaikha Al Maskari, Chairperson, Al Maskari Holding (UAE)

Ms Rachada Sae-Lee, Managing Director, DS67 Suites (Thailand)

Ms Lianna Gunawan, Founder, La Spina (Indonesia)

The session will be facilitated by Dr Bola Olabisi, CEO, GWIIN (UK)

09:45 - 10:30

Session 10: Presentation of the key themes arising from Day 2 and explanation of how the carousel discussion will work.

11:00 - 12:30

Session 11: Moving to decisions - a close examination of the key themes identified from Day 2 (in carousel)

Delegates will move around a number of different areas, discussing the key themes from Day 2. The group will begin formulating key messages for IORA leaders.

13:15 - 14:00

Session 12: The role of civil society in supporting women's economic empowerment, and promoting trade reforms.

Presentations from Indian Ocean NGOs working women's economic empowerment issues, followed by a question and answer session.

Mr Bipul Chatterjee, Deputy Executive Director, CUTS International (India)

Ms Graca Samo, Executive Director, Forum Mulher (Mozambique)

Ms Mue Mue Saw Wah, WEAVE Foundation (Thailand)

14:00 - 14:45

Session 13: Creating Networks and connections

Presentations on the value of networks for women's economic empowerment followed by a question and answer session.

Ms Jane Kyando Kiunsi, International Marketer, Federation of Association of Women Entrepreneurs (Tanzania)

Ms Cynthia Balogh, Manager, Women in Global Business Program, Austrade (Australia)

Ms Denise Cortes-Keyser, Executive Director, Association of Commerce & industry Services (Mozambique)

14:45 - 15:30

Session 14: Finalising the Draft Messages to IORA

Facilitators will work with the delegates to confirm the key messages for IORA leaders.

15:30 - 15:45

Closing Remarks: Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM

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