141st SPICE Meeting at the Women Incubation Workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek & Issyk-, Kyrgyzstan
12 – 14 Apr 2009

The first international workshop of infoDev's international Work Group on Women Business Incubation organized by the Congress of Women of Kyrgyz Republic and held in Bishkek and Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan offered the opportunity for SPICE members to meet "at the side". SPICE Group members active at the workshop were Zamira Akbagysheva (Kyrgyzstan), Larisa Brovarska (Poland), Rosita Djambazova, (Bulgaria); Heinz Fiedler (Germany) and Annuar Saffar (Malaysia). Also attending were Mbarou Mbaye (Senegal) and Soukaina Rahmani (Tunisia).
Important questions discussed at the workshop and "naturally - also between SPICE group members were the needs for supporting women entrepreneurship in different cultural) environments, common challenges for women entrepreneurship (lack of self confidence and role models, lower education, negative perception of the society of working women, and limited access to information, advice, and support), tools and methodologies for supporting women entrepreneurship, and key statistical data to better analyze the situations
The SPICE meeting also included presentations of the SPICE Art Ball in the Capital of the country, Bishkek and at one of the most famous tourist locations of Kyrgyzstan, Lake Issyk-Kul