25 Oct 2018


Women economic empowerment to transform the investment and entrepreneurship landscape

Women’s economic empowerment has been identified as a key means for development and attaining the SDGs. Investment by MNEs can be a powerful tool to empower women, particularly in labour intensive, largely export-oriented industries and services. In many developing countries, MNEs have enabled women to enter the formal labour market for the first time – within their own companies or linked companies – through business opportunities generated in local, regional or global supply chains. At the same time, MNE investment poses several risks, as it can increase gender inequality and undermine work-life balance. Enhancing benefits of MNE investment for women’s economic empowerment requires grassroots action, a change in corporate strategies, inclusive government policies and a societal mind shift. Organized with UN Women, the Commonwealth and the Francophonie, this high-level meeting will weigh these issues and formulate new strategies for the public and private sector.

Issues for the debate:

  • Are MNEs agents of change for women economic empowerment?
  • How to empower a new generation of women in business leaders to act as feeders of sustainable development?
  • What are the key policy considerations to mainstream women economic empowerment in investment and entrepreneurship policies?


Final Program for the session available here


In partnership with:

Event Manager: Ms. Fiorina Mugione
Contact email: fiorina.mugione@unctad.org

Ms. Bisila Bokoko

CEO, Bisila Bokoko Embassy Services International (BBES)

Ms. Michaëlle Jean

Secretary-General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

Ms. Anna Falth

Manager, Empower Women, UN Women

Ms. Giselle Rufer

CEO, Delance

Ms. Yam Kumari Khatiwada

Secretary of Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Nepal

Ms. Marianne Mwaniki

SVP Head of Social Impact, Visa

Ms. Angie Rozas

Senior Director Social Impact, Coca Cola

Ms. Anja Monrad

Senior VP & GM for Central and Eastern Europe at Dell EMC

Ms. Martina Fuchs

Anchor, CNN Money Switzerland

Ms. Laura Londen

Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund UNFPA

Ms. Lama Sha’sha’a Abu Dahab

Founder, IRA – International Robotics Academy

Ms. Jamila Belabidi-Chahid

Purchases Group Manager - Brand and Business Service Purchases at Procter & Gamble International SA

Ms. Cate Ambrose

President & Executive Director, Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA)

Ms. Francesca Lavazza

Board Member, Lavazza Group

Ms. Isabelle Durant

Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

Secretary-General, Commonwealth of Nations