COVID-19 has exacerbated inequalities and posed a serious threat to the fragile gains made for women’s economic empowerment. Prior to the crisis communities around the world were preparing to call
COVID-19 has exacerbated inequalities and posed a serious threat to the fragile gains made for women’s economic empowerment. Prior to the crisis communities around the world were preparing to call for radical action to advance women’s economic empowerment through the Generation Equality Campaign which marked 25 years since the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Today, COVID-19 has exposed sizeable cracks in our social, political and economic systems. As we recover and respond from the crisis, we have an opportunity to build back better – with a globally coordinated multi-stakeholder approach to strengthen a women’s economic empowerment ecosystem that fosters growth, sustainability, and resilience for women entrepreneurs.
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On 9 September 2020, UN Women will host a two-part discussion on women’s entrepreneurship:
1. Advocacy Tool Launch (9AM to 10AM ET)
The WE EMPOWER-G7 Programme team – with the support of renowned women’s economic empowerment experts across the G7 and the European Union – have prepared an Advocacy Tool – Strengthening Support for Women Entrepreneurs in COVID-19 Response and Recovery to drive increased support by stakeholders within the entrepreneurship ecosystem for women’s entrepreneurship and gender equality amid COVID-19. At this inspirational Launch Event we will share an overview of the Advocacy Tool highlighting the important role that we all play in advocating for gender equality and the unique impact our efforts have on strengthening women’s entrepreneurship.
2. Consultation on Developing a Standardized Definition of “Woman-Owned Business” and Guidance on Its Use (10AM to 11:30AM ET)
Following the launch event participants are invited to participate in a consultation on the definition of women-owned business. The International Trade Centre (ITC) and Swedish Institute for Standards (SIS) in collaboration with UN Women are convening stakeholders from the public sector, private sector and civil society to initiate an informal stakeholder meeting on developing a standardized definition of women-owned business and guidance on its use. The meeting is organized as part of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) International Workshop Agreement (IWA) process on the “Definition of a Woman-Owned Business and Guidance on its Use”. This meeting aims to give participants an overview of the IWA process and to kick-start discussions on issues surrounding defining woman-owned businesses.
Journée complète (Mercredi)