20 Oct 2021


Stories of resilience and success

This event occurs in Geneva Time (CET, GMT+2).

UNCTAD created the Empretec Women in Business Award in 2008 as an acknowledgment of the great achievements of women entrepreneurs trained by the Empretec programme. The award, granted every two years, has made a real impact on the lives of past recipients. It has improved their access to further training, widened their markets and resources and boosted their motivation to continue growing their enterprises. It has also helped these women become role models in their communities. Recipients excelled in developing innovative business ideas, providing jobs, and increasing incomes in their communities.

The 7th edition of the Empretec Women in Business Awards was held virtually on 10 December 2020 and recognized the contributions of inspiring women entrepreneurs trained by the Empretec programme.  The Women in Business Award 2020 was dedicated to the theme of “Resilience” in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic which had a negative impact on women entrepreneurs given their overrepresentation in sectors particularly affected by lockdowns, i.e. retail trade, hotels, restaurants and education, and existing structural inequalities including unpaid care work, limited access to finance, technology, markets, networks and social protection.

With the aim of boosting entrepreneurship motivation and spirit, women empowerment, and to contribute to resilient and inclusive post-COVID-19 resurgence, UNCTAD gathered compelling stories from twenty women (selected among the +100 finalists of the 7th Empretec Women in Business Awards) to share their success stories. The stories, published on UNCTAD social media and websites, are told by the finalists and reveal each entrepreneur’s personal journey.

Issues to be addressed:

  • Women Entrepreneurship: growing markets, revenues and profits, creating employment and innovating with inspirational management and leadership style.
  • Making women-led enterprises more resilient: Competencies that allow businesses to survive and grow.
  • Official launch of Empretec Women in Business Award 2022 (8th edition): UNCTAD will announce the call for nominations to all Empretec centres for the Award.

Event Manager: Mr. Lorenzo Tosini

Contact email: Lorenzo.Tosini@unctad.org