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Women Entrepreneurs Strengthen Market through ‘GREAT Women in  ASEAN’ Brand
May 26, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR, May 27, 2015 – Women entrepreneurs from around the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region this week launched the Gender Responsive Economic Actions for the Transformation of women (GREAT Women) in ASEAN initiative to promote their products for greater sales and business growth that can employ more workers and improve livelihoods.
 
“The support, links and collaboration in the GREAT Women in ASEAN initiative makes the regional, integrated supply chain an answer to women entrepreneurs' dreams to reach the global market," said GREAT Women representative, Jeannie Javelosa of ECHOsi  Foundation, Philippines.
 
The GREAT Women in ASEAN initiative is helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) led by women to sell their products beyond their own countries’ borders and protect their products’ intellectual property rights from being illegally copied and sold. Initial product categories in the initiative include food items and spices, textiles and silk-based goods and high-fashion jewelry and accessories that are manufactured under fair labor and trade standards.
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Last updated: May 27, 2015

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