We are a network dedicated to enabling women to build successful social enterprises. Women social entrepreneurs are developed to their full potential and lead their enterprises in a very supportive ecosystem, thereby, being at the forefront in the contribution towards the economic growth, alleviation of social problems and narrowing the gaps between men and women for a more equitable society


AWSEN is a learning community that empowers women social entrepreneurs through knowledge, inspiration and alliances to reach their full potential. More specifically, the network aims to

  • Provide effective communication channels for capacity building through exchanges and sharing among current and future social entrepreneurs
  • Create and advocate for supportive ecosystem for women social entrepreneurs

What We Do


We conduct researches on issues related to women social entrepreneurs, the environment and the eco-system that women social entrepreneurs operate in Asia.


We organize seminars and conferences as well as design and deliver training programs related to women social entrepreneurship and related areas aligned to our mission.


We forge alliance and collaboration through creating different kinds of platforms for networking women social entrepreneurs, supporting organizations, investors, aid agencies, international organizations and other organizations and individuals committed to women social entrepreneurship

Business Support

We facilitate opportunities to support women social entrepreneurs to expand their businesses such as through business matching and cross country collaboration.


We advocate for the promotion of social enterprises run by women and for better policy frameworks, ecosystem and support for women social entrepreneurs

Founding Organization

Association for the Promotion of the Status of Women (APSW)

The Association for the Promotion of the Status of Women under the Royal Patronage of HRH Princess Soamsawali, established in 1980, is a Thai charitable organization, mandated to improve the status of women. One major component of the work is the provision of rehabilitative and gender sensitive care and assistance to women and children confronting violence through its shelter, the Emergency Home. On average there are about 80 women and children receiving care on any single day and the assistance is free of charge. Another aspect of the work is proactive and focuses on empowering women and advocating for gender equality. APSW also operates a social enterprise, WETRAIN International House which offers meeting and training facilities with accommodation and catering services. All the proceeds go to the Emergency Home of the Association.


The work of re:terra extends from business development project in Southeast Asia to community development projects in Japan. Prior to the seminar, it conducted on-site research in Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, interviewing more than 50 women social entrepreneurs and related organizations. Having its own start-up business in Cambodia and Tohoku Japan, re:terra designs workshops and research projects from entrepreneur’s standpoint.

Funding Sponsor and Partner

The Nippon Foundation

The Nippon Foundation was established in 1962 as a non-profit philanthropic organization, active in Japan and around the world. Initially focused largely on the maritime and shipping fields, but since then the range of our activities has expanded to education, social welfare. Public health and other fields –carried out in more than 100 countries to date. Together with more than 20 partner organizations in Japan and worldwide, the foundation give out funds and assists community efforts aimed at realizing more peaceful and prosperous global society.


The Asian Women Social Entrepreneurs Network AWSEN was launched in August 2014 by the consensus of the participants from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam attending the seminar on Promoting Women Social Entrepreneurs in the Mekong Subregion in Bangkok.

Contact us


Association for the Promotion of the Status of Women

501/1 Dechatungka Rd. Sikan Donmuang Bangkok 10210 Thailand
T: 00 662 929-2301-07



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