**Role of President/VP and Council: General Overview
Each Council is formed upon the appointment of a President to that council who then further invites a Vice President and 20 nominated Council Members to collectively develop focus and action areas. The council endeavours are directed toward upholding women’s interest in policymaking and ensuring that our voices influence decision-making at all levels. The council endeavours further help improve women’s access to expertise, finance, mentorship, training, global networks, B2B collaborations, toward expanding and empowering women’s businesses and trade. The council develops frameworks and strategies for sector-specific/region-specific outreach, advocacy and endeavours. The council plans an annual program of activities, meetings, visits, representations, recommendations, MOUs with Ministries, and other organisations for joint efforts and a multi-pronged approach for change at various levels. The councils coordinate with respective government bodies, institutions and the media, toward framing and enabling policy changes, seeking concessions and incentives, and other required structural changes toward enhancing economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs. The councils provide suitable representation and recommendations to the governments and relevant institutions. The councils plan delegations and visits to various public platforms, industry forums and other chambers to promote trade, commerce and investment for women entrepreneurs and business women and those in services and trade. The council articulates the voices and aspirations of millions of women, ensuring that they receive the support and special actions that will encourage and promote their economic participation and wellbeing in the greater cultural, societal, economic and educational context. The councils can seek funding from government and corporate sources and benevolent donors for council functioning and various projects especially in education, mentoring, skill development among others toward promoting women’s enterprise in the economic mainstream. The council maintains energetic internal functioning for active participation of all council members toward driving concrete outcomes.

Additional Roles across the different Council Categories:
• Regional Council Presidents: In this Regional role, kindly also provide nominations for State Presidents/Vice Presidents in different States and Cities in the region, as also help identify State Sectoral President/Vice Presidents.
National Sector Council Presidents: In this National role, kindly also provide nominations for State Presidents/Vice Presidents in your sector.
• State/UT Council Presidents:
In this vital State-wide coordinating role, kindly also provide nominations for State Sector Presidents in a variety of fields, as also City Presidents across the State.
• State/UT Sector Presidents: : In this State wide role, kindly also provide nominations for City Presidents across the State.
• City Presidents: In this City role, you can also engage with the city’s municipal corporations for infrastructural improvement and grassroots endeavours.
• Presidents of Bilateral Business Councils: In the Bilateral Business Councils, the focused activity would be to bring businesswomen from both countries together for supporting their business growth and market expansion. There will be Counterpart Councils based on both the countries, where a dialogue can take place between businesswomen committed to increasing trade between those two countries. You can also invite as Council Members. the women representatives of large Corporates who have substantial business interests bilaterally.

Council Workings:
Some recommended practices that you can supplement:
- Schedule Monthly Council Meetings to Interact.
- Plan Quarterly Calendar of Tasks, Visits etc. - Develop presentations and recommendations.
-Sign MOUs with Chambers, Foundations, Ministries, Universities, Corporates CSR etc.
- Self-determine agenda & actions in the local context.
- Announce Annual Goals like ‘Summits’ etc.
-Publish/Voice your recommendations in the media. - Drive Business-to-Business Connections with Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide/Other Bilateral Business Councils of WICCI.
- Be Active on Social Media: share about Council Members, Endeavours, Media et al.
- Sample Council Activities include: Conferences, Training, Consulting, Reports & Publications, Trade Fairs/Expos, Business Summits, Digital Activities (webinars, hackathons) and Virtual Platforms (for business exchange, networking, commerce).

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