The Moving Forum on Women Entrepreneurs across Nepal

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The Moving Forum (TMF) is a periodic discussion series initiated by the U.S. Embassy’s Book Bus that brings together practitioners and experts.

The second volume of The Moving Forum will take a deep dive into the experiences, challenges, and opportunities that exist for women and minorities who take on leadership positions in entrepreneurial ventures and businesses. This series will feature two-panel discussions on the personal experiences of women and minorities in different professions and industries and one panel on how governments, financial institutions, and investors can help them. The sessions will be hosted by Juna Mathema, Co-chairperson of the Women Entrepreneurship Development Committee (WEDC)

Who can Attend?

Undergraduate students are invited to join the zoom and participate in an essay contest in response to the stories and discussions featured in the panel.

Register in the form here by yourself to join the zoom and participate in the essay contest.

Panel 1: Manufacturing New Pathways

In a country where more than half the population is female, the 2018 economic census showed that less than a quarter of registered companies in Nepal are owned by women. However, despite systemic challenges, female ownership of businesses is on the rise. Nepali women have even come forward as leaders of manufacturing companies, a space traditionally dominated by men. They have brought with them unique ideas, solutions, and employment opportunities.

In this panel, women entrepreneurs from Jhapa, Nepalgunj, and Kailali, who are breaking barriers as business leaders, will share their stories of courage, resilience, and determination.

  • Speakers: Tara Kumari Khatri, Rukmani Devkota, Sharmila Adhikari
  • Date: 15 September 2021
  • Time: 3:00 PM

Panel 2: Reshaping the World through Entrepreneurship

Nepali women who start businesses experience many challenges their male counterparts never have to face. Our social structures and traditional beliefs define clear roles and responsibilities for women which are often tied to providing services at home. These responsibilities and expectations often hinder women from becoming successful entrepreneurs. In our second panel, women entrepreneurs from Palpa, Janakpur and Mustang share their entrepreneurial journey. These women are the flag bearers of change in their communities and have brought about a paradigm shift in the possibilities for women in their communities.

  • Speakers: Ranjana Kumari Aryal, Deepika Roy, Sagun Rasaili
  • Date: 16 September 2021, Thursday
  • Time: 3:00 PM

Panel 3: Supporting Entrepreneurs from Different Places and Spaces

There is growing acceptance that talent alone is not enough to gain the opportunities to access the resources and skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur. Our Constitution and several Acts and policies acknowledge this and prioritize the needs of women. In response to this, there are several ways in which the government, civil society organizations, angel investors, and financial institutions are working to facilitate women-led businesses. However, most women entrepreneurs are unaware of these facilities and tools – it is essential to bridge this gap through better communication, continuous dialogues, and interactions. In this panel, our panelists will speak about promoting women’s entrepreneurship and respond to the challenges and difficulties raised by women entrepreneurs in the earlier two panels.

  • Speakers: Dr. Narayan Prasad Regmi, Rukmani Maharjan, Santona Malakar
  • Date: 17 September, 2021, Friday
  • Time: 3:00 PM

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