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Businesswomen need training, capacity building - Hinchcliffe

Published:Monday | November 10, 2014 | 12:00 AM
M. Audrey Hinchcliffe (left), chief executive officer of Manpower and Maintenance Services, smiles for the camera with Hillary Rodham Clinton, former US Secretary of State. Contributed

M. Audrey Hinchcliffe, chief executive officer of Manpower and Maintenance Services Limited, has issued a call for "more training and capacity building" to be made available for women in business in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

She was speaking at a meeting of the International Council on Women's Business Leadership (ICWBL) which was re-launched recently by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Healy Hall, Georgetown University, Washington, DC. Hinchcliffe said "there is much work to be done to assist women in business to stem business failure and improve financial literacy," a view which was supported by many participants.

The ICWBL which comprises a number of female world leaders drawn from the United States and "foreign, public- and private-sector organisations and institutions with an interest in increasing the leadership role of women in international business and economic policy," was reconvened by founder and chair Hillary Clinton to continue the work she started while she served in the US State Department.

Inclusive prosperity

In welcoming the returning council members, Clinton encouraged the women to continue to pursue the mission of the ICWBL which is "to catalyse economic growth and inclusive prosperity through women's business participation".

Included in the agenda of the meeting were items such as the achievements of the council; the progress, obstacles and opportunities in women's economic participation, and the identification of activities and areas in which the group can have the greatest impact.

Following the ICWBL meeting, Clinton also spoke at a public event at Gaston Hall on the 'The Power of Women's Economic Participation.' She reminded those in attendance that, "If we close the gap in workforce participation between women and men around the world, gross domestic product would grow by nearly 12 per cent by 2030". She added, "It's very clear that the more women we can get to participate fully and get equal pay for equal work, the faster our economy will recover, and economies across the world likewise".

Also in attendance was Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd of Jamaica, who was recommended to the ICWBL by Hinchcliffe, one of the first 20 members appointed to the council in 2011. Coke-Lloyd, who previously served as a committee member, has now been appointed as a council member.