Building partnerships to close the entrepreneurship gender gaps in the ECE region
The global financial and economic crisis has impacted heavily all UNECE member states. The overall economic deterioration occurring as a result of job losses, reduction of household earnings and public spending has exacerbated gender disparities, including those in entrepreneurship activities across and within countries. Overcoming the gender gaps in entrepreneurship in the diverse and complex region of the ECE amid growing uncertainties in the international environment and teetering national economies is essential to sustainable job creation and development.
The Third UNECE Forum of Women Entrepreneurs will provide a platform for a broad exchange of practical experiences and lessons learned among policymakers, business community (female and male entrepreneurs) and academia, as well as other stakeholders on good practices and policies of promoting women’s entrepreneurship development and narrowing the gap between the scopes of women’s and men’s entrepreneurial activities in the UNECE region. It will address issues in the following key areas:
• Promoting women’s entrepreneurship through policies, strategies and programmes
• Strengthening networks among women entrepreneurs at national, regional and global levels
• Financing women entrepreneurs
• Innovative entrepreneurship and gender sensitive polices
• Developing women entrepreneurship in rural areas