President's Note - November 2017

Charlene Pedro

AFETT President


The next time you see a group of women - whether in your office, in a store, at the supermarket, or a club, remember one in three women will experience some form of violence in their lifetime. In a message for the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, said, “Violence against women and girls is not inevitable. There are many ways to prevent violence in the first place and to stop cycles of violence repeating.”


Educating the general public on what constitutes violence and the devastating impact it has on women is one way to change mindsets. In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25, and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, AFETT had a radio series, “Leave No One Behind”, which echoed the theme for this year.  We are grateful for the radio stations who allowed us time on the air and our guests who shared their expertise as we discussed the myriad of issues concerning violence against women. We will continue to have these uncomfortable conversations as we press for change in our society.


In November, we also celebrated our entrepreneurs who represented AFETT well as they participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). For one week each November, thousands of entrepreneurial events and competitions in 160 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. IGEW was held from November 13 to 19, 2017.


Our “AFETTpreneurs” Caron Greaves delivered training on employee engagement and resume-writing; Sonia Scarce hosted seminars as a guide to business owners whilst Michelle Low Chew Tung featured outsourcing from China in her seminar, as well as launched a shared-economy business to serve the tourism sector.  Congratulations to all! We are so proud of you!


Our “AFETTpreneurs” had the opportunity to share their WED experience at AFETT’s recent meeting, Mix. Mingle. Fashion., which was held on 30th November. We extend our deepest gratitude to Master Couturier, Claudia Pegus, who partnered with us in welcoming guests to view her magical collection, sophisticatedly showcased in the haute CP Atelier. A former AFETT member, Claudia graciously joined us as we mingled and shared her invaluable business advice.  


The evening focused on the need to purchase from local businesses and the positive impact such support can have on the employees, their families and the country.  Thank you to the Management and team members of Long Circular Mall for their support of this event and to all who attended to make that evening an unabashed success. AFETT will continue to provide a space where women can create meaningful connections and grow in their careers and businesses.

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