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ITCILO Survey on Employers’ Organizations and Women Entrepreneurs

Wednesday 14 September 2011

Dear Madam, Dear Sir,

The International Training Centre (ITC/ILO) is the training institute of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which is based in Turin, Italy.

The Programme for Employers’ Activities of the ITC/ILO has the mission to “train to strengthen employers’ organizations (EOs)” around the world. We develop training programmes for board and staff members of EOs on a wide range of topics such as governance and membership strategies; lobbying and advocacy; services provision to members etc. Our aim is to propose practical solutions to the challenges EOs face and to foster the exchange of best practices among EOs from different countries and continents (http://lempnet.itcilo.org).

In November 2011, the Programme for Employers’ Activities will organize a workshop entitled “Employers’ Organizations and Women Entrepreneurs: How to reach out?”. The objective of this new activity is to understand and exchange views on how EOs can organize, represent, lobby and provide services to women entrepreneurs.

Why? Because, women entrepreneurs are increasingly looking for support, networking, training, mentorship and for a better business environment to grow, expand and create jobs. Because the Worldbank finds that in only 20 out of 128 economies laws are equal for women and men regarding the way to set up and conduct business. Because, women entrepreneurs still form a minority of EOs’ members and therefore do not benefit from the lobbying and services provided by EOs.

Some EOs embarked already in projects to tap women entrepreneurs’ potential. Some did not so far.

We would like to know more about EOs views and practices in reaching out to women entrepreneurs. We are collecting data, which will help us set the scene and feed the discussions during the November workshop. We also intend to develop training programmes in this area in the future.

Your experience matters to us. Please respond to our survey! You can fill in the questionnaire directly through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/survey_EOs_and_women_entrepreneurs

Should you have some difficulties to open the above shortcut, please inform us and we will send you a paper version at the soonest.

We kindly ask you to fill in the questionnaire by Friday 30 September 2011.

We will carefully take into account the survey results when planning our November workshop and may contact you to get more details on your activities in the next weeks.

Thanking you for your highly appreciated collaboration, we stay

Yours sincerely,

- Jeanne Schmitt
- Programme for Employers’ Activities (ACT/EMP Turin)
- International Training Centre of the ILO


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