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Never go at it alone again: List of women-focused business, tech, and networking groups in Asia

Female entrepreneurs are rare. According to the New York Times, only eight percent of American venture-backed tech startups in 2010 were founded by women. The most common explanation given is that women are generally unwilling to bet all that she has on something that contains high risk, knowing at the back of her mind that she has other traditional heavyweight roles to fulfill such as raising families.

But more often than not, what (both) women (and men) need is support and encouragement.

This call for solidarity has been answered: In Southeast Asia, many new female-powered groups have arisen. Such communities pave the way for females to collaborate together and learn how to translate ideas into real business solutions. Here is a list of female-focused networking groups in Asia with a short description on why they’re awesome:

Singapore

Athena: With its expansion to Asia-Pacific and the United States in 2012, The Athena Network provides members with international collaboration opportunities and a rapidly growing online community where women can interact and share information, skills and business contacts. Contact them.

SG Geek Girls: Empowers the next generation of women in technology through fun, informal and interactive activities, such as Squad Drills: Practical Web Design Course for Beginners.

Girls In Tech (GIT) Singapore aims to inspire young women through focusing on the collaboration, promotion, growth and success of women in the technology sector. Girls in Tech also has chapters in other countries including Indonesia. Contact them here.

Singapore Business & Professional Women’s Association (SBPWA): Being a member of Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation enables SBPWA to form close partnerships with other women’s clubs in Singapore as well as those from other countries to give members a wider exposure in the business and professional arenas. Contact them.

Indian Women’s Association of Singapore (IWA): A non-profit organization, IWA members participate in social, cultural, educational and philanthropic activities. IWA’s mission is not only to present a cultural platform, but also to provide a networking interface to its working members. Contact them.

The International Women’s Federation of Commerce and Industry (IWFCI): Being a global business network made up of international trade opportunities of over 2 million affiliated members worldwide, IWFCI grants businesswomen access to global markets through this unique chamber of commerce platform. Contact them here.

PrimeTime Business and Professional Women’s Association: The PrimeTime community provides a unique experience for women looking for professional, social and community fulfillment with a international group in a convivial environment. The association has around 400 members represented by over 30 nationalities. Contact them.

Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO): One of its initiatives include The Women’s Register (WR), a platform for networking, education, mentorship, inspiration and the promotion of directorships for an extensive group of women of all ages. Contact them.

Secret {W} Business: Secret {W} Business connects and supports the many confident and capable women in Singapore looking to realize THEIR visions. They aim to engage, inspire and fuel the emerging force of women entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs within Singapore, animating the maverick potential of women in the region. Contact them.

SheSays Singapore: SheSays is an award-winning organization dedicated to running free mentorship and events to women professionals in the creative and marketing businesses. Founded in UK, SheSays currently boasts of over 20 chapters in various cities worldwide. It recently established Singapore as its first Asian chapter. Contact them.

Malaysia

National Association for Women Entrepreneurs of Malaysia (NAWEM): This association that firmly believes in providing leadership and support to all Malaysians in realising their full potentials whilst upholding the values of mutual respect and caring. Contact them.

International Women’s Association of Kuala Lumpur: One of the important aims of the organization is to promote cultural exchange, address women issues and raise funds for various deserving charities. Contact them here.

The Association of British Women in Malaysia: The association provides a support framework and network of contacts and information for people who have recently arrived in Malaysia and, through this website, for those planning to come here. Contact them here.

Philippines

The Women’s Business Council of the Philippines: It organizes women-to-women mentoring sessions, as well as the W2W Summit Conference. Contact them here.

Indonesia

American Women’s Association of Indonesia: It has grown into a vibrant organization that connects more than 200 women with a supportive network of fellow expatriates, cultural integration, charitable works and, plenty of fun activities. Contact them here.

Athena: With its expansion to Asia-Pacific and USA in 2012, The Athena Network provides members with international collaboration opportunities and a rapidly growing online community where women can interact and share information, skills and business contacts. Contact them.

British Women’s Association Jakarta: The BWA Jakarta has been offering friendship and support for women living in Jakarta since 1970 and has members from all over the UK and many other nations too. Contact them.

Professional Women at BritCham: Working cooperatively with the British Embassy (UKTI) and the British Council, whose senior representatives sit on its Board of Management, BritCham is committed to developing a services infrastructure that supports all stages of business development right from their inception in Indonesia. Contact them here.

Canadian Women’s Association Jakarta: This association aims to provide a link through which members would feel more connected to the Canadian Women’s Association and to the greater Canadian community in Indonesia. Contact them here.

Vietnam

International Ladies in Vietnam: Highly active in sports, International Ladies in Vietnam encourages women to partake in activities such as golf. Contact them here.

Thailand

The Business and Professional Women’s Association of Thailand-Bangkok: A notable association in the country for women to connect and network with one another. Contact them here.

Bangkok Now – Bangkok’s Networking Community: The group’s aim is to create a forum that can help and connect professional business women living and working in Bangkok. Contact them.

South Korea

Seoul International Women’s Association (SIWA): This association serves up its very own Discovery Magazine, a bi-monthly magazine with articles written by SIWA members. It is a good way for members to share experiences & information about Korean culture, lifestyle as well as updated information on past and upcoming SIWA activities. Contact them here.

The American Women’s Club of Korea: The club consists of a group of women who gather for friendship and social activities, as well as raise funds for general welfare purposes focusing on local Korean and American communities. Contact them here.

Japan

For Empowering Women in Japan (FEW): Members include a broad cross section of professionals from marketers, journalists, entertainment specialists, attorneys and bankers to freelance photographers, translators and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. Contact them here.

College Women’s Association of Japan (CWAJ): The Scholarship and Education programs are funded by donations and the internationally-renowned annual CWAJ Print Show, an exhibition and sale of Japanese prints.  Every year scholarships are awarded to women graduates, some from other countries wanting to further their studies in Japan. Contact them here.

Japan Australia New Zealand (JANZ) Ladies: JANZ Ladies’ Group is a Tokyo based association where friendship is shared and understanding promoted among the women of Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Contact them here.

The Tokyo American Club Women’s Group: The association is committed to enhancing life in Tokyo for members by offering classes, information programs, social activities, travel opportunities, creative outlets and survival skills for newcomers. Contact them here.

Hong Kong

Women in Charge: A ugroup that helps market its members’ businesses via its website, monthly Newsletters, eDMs, the WiCtv Channel, a Business Directory and numerous Social Media channels. Contact them here.

The Hong Kong Women’s Forum: Established in 1996, this association was formed to provide women in Hong Kong with the opportunity to gather together and network. The Forum has developed into a database of over 2000 women, from varying nationalities and careers.

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