Women and Business Forum - Day 1



Dushanbe, Tajikistan – November 23-24, 2016




Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Location:  Sheraton Dushanbe Hotel, 2nd Floor








08:00 - 08:30


Registration of participants



08:30 - 09:30


Opening remarks

  • Nigina Anvari, Deputy Chairman of the State Committee on Investments and State Property Management of the Republic of Tajikistan


  • Representative from the Committee on Women and Family Affairs under the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan


  • H.E. Elisabeth Millard, U.S. Ambassador to Tajikistan


  • Elaine Conkievich, Head of the UN Women Multi-country office Kazakhstan


  • Meral Guzel, Regional Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment, UN Women


09:30 - 10:45


Business Panel: Session I “Regional Integration and Women’s Entrepreneurship”


 Moderator: Shahlo Rahimova




  • Aziza Yuldasheva, Member of “Kurak” Public Association, President of the Agricultural Businessmen Association, Gerz Azygy, Kyrgyzstan


  • Ainura Sagynbaeva, Chairman of “Kurak” Public Association, Kyrgyzstan


  • Guldara Nurumova, Chairman of “Association of Business Women of Zhambyl Region,” Director of Medical center “Meyirim”, Kazakhstan


  • Gulnora Makhmudova, Chairman of the Association of Business Women of Uzbekistan “Tadbirkol Ayol”, Uzbekistan


  • Sabokhat Rakhimzoda, Chairman of the National Association of Women Entrepreneurs «Kadbonu», Member of the Management Board of the Business Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Central Asia and Afghanistan


  • Gulbahor Makhkamova, Director of National Association of Businesswomen of Tajikistan(NABWT)


  • Matluba Uljabaeva, Chairperson of the Board of the National Association for Small and Medium Business (NASMB)



10:45 - 11:15



Coffee Break


11:15 - 12:30



Business Panel: Session II “Winners of Farah Competition: Women’s Entrepreneurship in Tajikistan”


Moderator: Malika Mirzobahodurova


  • Manzura Gafurova, Medical Clinics “Shavqat”, Vahdat


  • Nargis Shermatova, LLC Romsar, Dushanbe


  • Sharofat Gozieva, Service Complex, Lakhsh


  • Zulaikho Tilloeva, Dekhkan Farm, Yovon


  • Aksinya Pastukh, Beauty Saloon “Diana”, Khujand


  • Lola Karimova, Event Agency “Sitorai osmon”, Dushanbe



12:30 - 13:30





13:30 - 15:00


Pitching Sessions for Women Entrepreneurs                    

Women-led Social Entrepreneurship Programs


Moderator: Nasibakhon Aminova


15:00 - 16:00


Award ceremony: Selecting Best Female-led Social Entrepreneurship Business Project



Note:  Expo of Artisans and Women Entrepreneurs open from 8:30 – 16:00

The National Association of Small and Medium Business of Tajikistan, within the framework of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2016, announces a call for applications for the contest "Social Entrepreneur 2016: Woman and Business".


If you are a woman:

  • dreamed of creating your own business;
  • your business is aimed at solving social problems,
  • a private entrepreneur or a representative of small business,
  • you need funds for the creation or development of social entrepreneurship *


• Fill out an application to participate in the contest!

• Use 3 minutes to present your project or start-up idea to business experts!

• Get a small grant!


* "Social entrepreneurship is a kind of business activity, which aims to address or mitigate the urgent social problems, and is located at the intersection of business and philanthropy.

But still, this is a commercial activity that is directed to such sensitive issues as social insecurity, unemployment, environmental protection, human rights etc. "


The projects that will be accepted in the contest must improve the lives of people in general (or specific social groups), with the simultaneous creation of a sustainable financial base (or other material base 15 semi-finalists will be selected by the Expert Commission based on their submitted applications. Participants will then their projects in Pitching sessions, 3-minute presentations to the Expert Commission of the contest. Semi-finalists will also be given an opportunity to take part in a master-class on how to present a project/business idea. .The date and time of the master class will be announced at a later date. .


Note: Participants are encouraged to use audio, photo and video materials to present their projects (during the 3 minute pitching session).


The project must meet the following requirements:


• The project must have a social impact, leading to the emergence of long-term, sustainable positive social change, improving the quality of life of the population in the covered region as a whole and / or members of socially vulnerable groups / populations and individuals in need of special support to develop their abilities and self-realization;

• Have a financially sustainable business model that allows the idea (project) to develop independently in the future;

• Period of the project does not exceed three months.





One 1st place - 1500 US Dollars

Two 2nd places - 500 US Dollars

Two 3rd places - 250 US Dollars


Deadline for submission of documents for the contest is October 30, 2016. Applications for participation in the contest can be obtained from the Organizing Committee of the Contest by sending a request to e-mail: