EQUALS in Tech – empowering women entrepreneurs through e-commerce

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The future of the global economy is digital, yet how can we ensure women are able to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by the digital revolution? Today, more than ever, the international development community has increased attention to the importance of ensuring gender parity in information and communication technologies (ICTs), as an engine for the development and improvement of social and economic conditions.


Stakeholders from international organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector have begun to take action to close the gender gap in the digital economy in pursuit of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 on gender equality. This includes conducting research, designing and implementing evidenced based policies, and investing in access, skills and leadership for women and girls in the digital world.

E-commerce is vital in offering new horizons to developing economies by opening opportunities for entrepreneurship and self-employment. E-commerce also has the potential to become a catalyst for women’s economic, political and social empowerment, if women are able to overcome the barriers to ICT access.

This workshop will focus on the importance of e-commerce for women’s economic empowerment and will feature women who excel as creators of marketplaces and are taking their digital businesses to the next level. Participants will take stock of the lessons from current initiatives such as SheTrades (ITC), eTradeforWomen (UNCTAD) and EQUALS, and discuss innovative solutions for the future.



Jul 2, 2020 01:00 PM in Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna