#SheEmpowers Series | To celebrate International Women's Day, we speak to four trailblazing women on how they are helping women find self-empowerment in various aspects of their lives.
Building a business is no small feat. But with a tribe of women supporting and coaching you to the top, you can be unstoppable.
We speak to Ines Gafsi—who along with Anna Wong co-founded Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide (FEW)—about creating a powerful networking community of women that empowers both established business leaders and entrepreneurs.
What led you to create Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide with co-founder Anna Wong?
We know starting and running a business is not easy. There is no overnight success. You need to be practical, have resources, capital and networks to make it to the top. That’s why we built FEW, to gather essential resources, to help women turn their great ideas to a business, and help them become more successful.
Our mission is to bring together key resources and support women need to succeed in their business. Today FEW has become the largest business platform in Asia and has over 20,000 members and 300 corporate partners.
What is the power of networking and how can becoming a member of FEW empower women who are both business and thought leaders with a proven track record as well as rising entrepreneurs?
FEW platform allows our members to learn and network.
They can search business and lifestyle programs covering a wide range of topics from business model, fundraising, family office management, CEO branding, leadership to public speaking and business etiquette on the FEW platform. They can also book direct consultations with industry experts who can offer timely advice and expertise to help their business.
You can join our basic membership for free or become a premium member to market your business on our platform.
What factors do you think could contribute to a change in gender inequality in the workplace?
Access to continuous learning and education, flexibility in the way of working (being more agile), and using the power of role modeling contributes to bringing women to the top of the ladder. We do business consulting and work with corporates on their ESG initiatives and help develop programs that empower women in the workplace.
You are also leading the local chapter of Inspiring Girls, an international charity, can you tell us more about that?
It is a not-for-profit program that aims to connect girls between age 10-18 with inspirational women from all walks of life and industry backgrounds. We believe it is the right of every girl to be free of gender and cultural stereotype and aim high in life!
In two years, we worked with over 500 role models to inspire over 1,200 girls in Hong Kong through 10 school programs.
Our role model volunteers work with girls to help them discover their values, strengths and develop strategies to boost confidence and self-worth. Girls are opened up to a variety of industries and jobs they never considered before.
What advice would you give to young women that may encounter career roadblocks or challenges?
Do not be afraid to ask for help! Especially find a role model who can inspire you to dream big.