Businesswomen Center Brief
In 2007, BCCI established the Business Women Committee, which is considered the first of its kind to be involved with gender issues regarding the economic inequality that facing women in Bethlehem Governorate. BWC aims to follow up on businesswomen issues, develop their capacities, and promote their existence as active members within the Chamber and community. Shortly after that the committee evolved and grow to be Businesswomen Center with a physical office and an employee that manages and coordinate women needs. The center creates empowering economical programs and workshops that meets women needs in the governorate.
Since its establishment, BWC relevance as a voice for women business owners and entrepreneurs within the Bethlehem business community has increased substantially through designing and implementing a series of targeted interventions including:
- Building the capacity of business women, women entrepreneurs and youth through providing tailored trainings, and workshops.
- Encouraging entrepreneurship by targeting young women to join the center and working to create an integrated strategy with all of the Chamber's departments and centers to qualify them for the labor market.
- Advocate and promotion of women issues in the business sector through advocacy, and organizing a lot of workshops, seminars, and round table discussions in order to help them reach decision making positions.
- Active participation in national teams for drafting relevant policies including: The National Team for Women Employment
Representing women and business owners in the Chamber and providing them with support to develop their businesses, attracting business and craftswomen to interact with the Center activities to raise and develop their capabilities. The center works to achieve these goals through consulting, training and financing services, in addition to working to integrate women to participate more in the business community.
BWC aims, through partnership and integration with partner and supportive institutions that are active in empowering women in the private sector, to achieve its vision of playing a central role in supporting women to become leaders in the visible and invisible economy of Palestine.
- Highlighting the achievements of women in various economic sectors.
- Organizing courses and seminars aimed at educating women business owners.
- Cooperating with local, Arab and international institutions concerned with economic affairs to benefit from their programs in relation to enhancing women's contribution to economic development.
- Participation of businesswomen in local and international conferences.
- Organizing visits and meetings to activate the role of businesswomen in society.
- Work to represent women business owners in the Chamber's Board of Directors.
- Conducting economic and social surveys on women.
- Activate the participation of businesswomen in the Chamber's activities.