Telegraph Online Thursday 3rd December 2009
We want to showcase and prove how much women in business in India are already achieving, and also explore what the barriers are and what we can do about it.
Tony Blair’s wife Cherie, is about to take on her own international assignment. The 55-year-old lawyer is to travel to India next week to host a conference called Women Mean Business. There she will launch an awards scheme for female Indian entrepreneurs, which, she says, will be strikingly different from existing prizes.
Mrs Blair, who is patron of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, established by Pinky Lilani, said: “I gather, actually, that there are awards [in India], but they are not the same as a Pinky award, because if you have got a Pinky award it’s seriously researched and seriously peer-judged, and you are up against great competition - not somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody else. That’s the culture we want to bring over to Mumbai.”
Speaking at the launch of Coriander... Makes The Difference, a recipe book by Lilani, the wife of the former prime minister added: “We want to showcase and prove how much women in business in India are already achieving, and also explore what the barriers are and what we can do about it.".
"We are launching the Women of the Future Awards in Mumbai. The aim is to take them back next year and really have a serious competition"
Mrs Blair is keen that her efforts should not be seen as any comment on men generally. “It’s not because we hate men,” she said. “As a mother of three sons, and a husband who I like pretty well, I think good men are very important in this world. It’s when good men and good women come together as equal partners that things really get going.”
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