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Business Women Forum celebrates the winners of the Best Business Plan Competition of 2013

In its continuous endeavors to support young female entrepreneurs in Palestine, Business Women Forum celebrated the results of Best Business Plan Competition. The Competition was a component of the project "United Entrepreneurship Coalition" implemented in partnership with the Dutch organizations Spark and BiD Network as part of two competitions, one of which targeted female entrepreneurs in the central and northern regions while the other targeted female entrepreneurs in the southern region.
The ceremony took place in the Leaders Hall in Ramallah and was attended by a number of renowned personalities, representatives of international and local organizations, media personnel, and dozens of female entrepreneurs and business owners.
Maha Abu Shuosheh, Chairwoman of BWF, welcomed the guests noting that entrepreneurship imposes itself globally and not only on women, but its importance lies due to the fact that 70% of the world's poor are women.
Ms. Abu Shousheh pointed also out that the situation of women in Palestine is more difficult due to the restrictions imposed by the occupation on the Palestinian economy indicating that the participation rate of women in the labor force does not exceed 17% while 56% of college graduates are females.
Ms. Abu Shousheh said that BWF, by helping in bridging the gap between the dream idea and reality, seeks to give women the skills needed to engage in the market place through BWF’s several programs and competitions.
She added: “We, at BWF, and based on our belief in the abilities and potentials of young Palestinian women and as part of the strategy that was launched and produced a range of programs including “Business Plan Competition”, we established the principles and foundations of this program so it achieves a set of objectives. Such objectives aim at strengthening the development of the reality of young female entrepreneurs in particular, which will consequently be reflected on the role of women in the economy and the development of the state in general."
Ms. Doa Wadi, BWF’s Executive Director, spoke about the program and its importance highlighting the target group and the 230 female entrepreneurs from different Palestinian cities who benefited from it during the years 2011-2013. She stressed on the diversification of this year’s awards and its importance in attracting a larger number of female entrepreneurs in accordance with the needs of their businesses.

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