Gender gaps and digital solutions. Launch of UNCTAD Policy Review: E-commerce from a gender and development perspective

3:00 pm
 – 5:00 pm

Digitalization has the potential to improve productivity, sustainability, and resilience in many economic sectors.

Digital technologies can expand access to information and to new market opportunities and facilitate the integration of small entrepreneurs into domestic and regional value chains.

The potential of digital technologies for enhanced productivity and trade is, however, limited by gender gaps in technology adoption and use. UNCTAD has explored the benefits but also the challenges of e-commerce for women-led small enterprises in developing and least developed countries in its new policy review, E-commerce from a gender and development perspective.

The launch of the publication will provide the opportunity for a panel discussion.

  • What are the desirable interventions to guarantee that the benefits of digital technologies are equally shared and are gender-inclusive?
  • What kind of digital platforms are more adapted to women’s business?
  • Is there any similarity between the debate on trade and gender and the one of digitalization and gender?
  • What are the promising initiatives in this field? What role should UNCTAD play?


  • H.E. Mrs. Sofia Boza Martinez, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Chile to the World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Ms. Trudi Hartzenberg, Executive Director, tralac
  • Ms. Anita Gurumurthy, Executive Director, IT for Change
  • Mr. Christian Volpe Martincus, Principal Economist, Integration and Trade Sector, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
  • Ms. Simonetta Zarrilli, Chief, Trade, Gender and Development Programme, DITC, UNCTAD


  • Ms. Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, CEO / Founder, Women at the Table