n an effort to promote entrepreneurship among women, a group of like-minded female entrepreneurs as part of their corporate social responsibility came together in 2006 to establish the national association of women entrepreneurs (NAWE). The goal was simple-to provide a place where women can share their experiences and transfer their knowledge to the next generation of female entrepreneurs. Raising awareness about the role of female entrepreneurship and its contribution to the economic development as a whole was the driving force behind establishing NAWE. One other main factor was to encourage the new female university graduates to consider owning their own business as an option upon graduation
OUR VISION & MISSION
A pioneer in introducing innovation and entrepreneurship to the Iranian women in achieving a balanced and sustainable development
NAWE assists in addressing the members' professional demands in running their individual businesses as well as investigate the legal and legislative rights as applicable to different sectors for women-run businesses.
It also collects research
and analysis of data with respect to different opportunities, problems,
requirements and priorities facing female entrepreneurship in Iran.
NAWE has drafted and developed a roadmap based on long term objectives and increasing organizational responsibilities and activities
NAWE helps with initiatives to increase the efficacy and efficiency of social development plans and capacity building through many joint venture agreements and other types of agreements with the Governments, other NGOs and different stakeholders.
Acts as the liaison with different relevant organizations involved in various aspects of female entrepreneurship and the applicable governing legal framework.
It engages and collaborates with Government Ministries, institutions, or other established entities to promote and develop female entrepreneurship.
NAWE provides training sessions along with expert instructors independently or in collaboration with different Ministries.
It cooperates with different Government Ministries, organizations and legal entities in promoting provincial chapters of the Association.
Through membership in other NGOs and other entrepreneurship-related organizations, NAWE tries to help improve the governing regulatory framework.
NAWE also lobbies with the Government and offer advisory services about legal bills or Government plans with an impact on entrepreneurship especially female entrepreneurship.
NAWE’s aims are to:
1. Assist in promoting entrepreneurship;
2. Contribute towards the improvement and reform of policies in support of female entrepreneurship;
3. Promote a suitable platform for fostering innovation;
4. Offer support to the formalization of training, research, and advisory services;
5. Endorse establishing a
sustainable and appropriate liaison among entrepreneurs, the
Government, banks and other stakeholders; and
6. Create networking solutions among women entrepreneurs both domestically and internationally.
.The Organization has a board of
directors elected for two years by the shareholders' assembly. The
inspector also attends different meetings and is responsible for
oversight of the financial decisions of the board of directors. The
board of directors is responsible for major decisions regarding the
activities of the organization. However, the daily operation of NAWE is
run by the CEO and the different committees either reporting to the CEO
or the board of directors directly. These committees include the audit
committee, executive committee, branches and rep. offices committee,
membership committee, international committee, training, research and
advisory committee, communications and public relations committee,
specialized working committees involved in agriculture, environment,
trade, IT, tourism, and social entrepreneurship.
UN & NAWE
.Since the main emphasis of the United
Nations is to advance the three dimensions of sustainable development –
economic, social and environmental, the following is a brief discussion
on how NAWE has attempted to follow some of the same goals on a
national level. Having the same goals and striving towards achieving
these in Iran is the basis of creating synergy with ECOSOC. Among the
UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, NAWE has been active in the
following: 1. Poverty Eradication (Goal No.1): NAWE constantly lobbies
the Iranian Government and Parliament to help create sound policy
frameworks at the national level, based on pro-poor and gender-sensitive
development strategies, to support accelerated investment in poverty
eradication actions, including those stricken by natural disasters. In
addition, NAWE strives to assist women after the natural disasters in
Kermanshah, Bam, Golestan and Lorestan provinces to ensure they can meet
their daily needs. 2. Gender Equality (Goal No. 5): a) Ensure women’s
full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership
at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.
- By engaging with public and private decision makers, NAWE has ensured
that some of its members are now board members at influential
Government and non-Government agencies and corporations. - Trips to
different provinces helped identify various female entrepreneurs to
assist with any grievances they have against the Government in terms of
their operations as well as promoting their products or services at the
highest levels. b) Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular
information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment
NAWE has been active in
designing and developing a national database identifying rural and urban
female entrepreneurs to create synergy and establish an online network
to help foster cooperation among them. - Assistance with digital
presence of female entrepreneurs and design and develop online sales and
marketing strategies. 3. Decent Work and Economic Growth (Goal No. 8):
a) Promote development-oriented policies that support productive
activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and
innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small-
and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial
services. NAWE together with other NGOs strives towards revising
Government policies by emphasizing on the active participation of women
in different economic spheres including lobbying for female founders
equal access to financial resources as well as Government incentives.
One of NAWE's mandates is to engage with different stakeholders
including office of the women affairs at various Ministries to promote
the rights of female startup founders, exporters, importers as well as
different Ministers to demand better access to financial and economic
resources for rural and tribal women active in economic activities
regardless of their size of enterprise. This is evident from the
numerous MOUs NAWE has with different Ministries regarding different
topics including spanning from industry to agriculture..
رئیس هیئت مدیره
عضو هیئت مدیره و مدیرعامل
نایب رئیس هیئت مدیره
Samira Askari Mehrabadi
عضو هیئت مدیره و خزانه دار
عضو اصلی هیئت مدیره
عضو علی البدل هیئت مدیره
عضو علی البدل هیئت مدیره
بازرس اصلی انجمن
بازرس علی البدل
NAWE is active in promoting the
rights of women and enhancing their equality within the economic realms
of Iranian society. NAWE believes that it has been instrumental in terms
of finding solutions to economic perils that both urban and rural women
entrepreneurs grapple with and thru participation with organizations
like ILO and meeting other women from both the western world and the
Islamic communities elsewhere has identified issues women facing in
achieving success in the business world and achieving the rightful
balance between family and business requirements. One of the most
important issues that NAWE is engaged in is ways to improve Women
advocacy in society and the business world as a whole. It is always at
the forefront of new initiatives with different organizations both
domestically and internationally to identify the commonalities facing
women entrepreneurs and ways to improve networking to achieve female
empowerment. Other initiatives include ways to eradicate poverty
especially in less developed areas of Iran and ways to improve the lives
of women by introducing empowerment initiatives in poverty-stricken
areas in an attempt for women to achieve self-sufficiency.
Affiliations with Other Domestic NGOs
Iran NGO Network, Entrepreneurial Female Managers Association, The Entrepreneurship Development Foundation For Women And Youth (EDF), Member of Vice Presidency for Women &amp; Family Affairs NGO Network, National Netw
ork of Charities, Media Thought Woman, YAS