WOMEN FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Women economic empowerment to transform the investment and entrepreneurship landscape
in partnership with UN Women, the Commonwealth and the Francophonie
Event
Session Type
Conference
Room number
Room XXIV
Event Manager
Ms. Fiorina Mugione
Contact Email
fiorina.mugione@unctad.org
Background Documents
25 October 2018
14:30 - 17:00 Europe/Zurich
Europe/Zurich

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?

Speakers

Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Secretary-General, Commonwealth of Nations
Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund UNFPA
Secretary of Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Nepal
Director, UN Women Office in Geneva
Purchases Group Manager - Brand and Business Service Purchases at Procter & Gamble International SA
Senior Director Social Impact, Coca Cola
SVP Head of Social Impact, Visa
Board Member, Lavazza Group
Senior VP & GM for Central and Eastern Europe at Dell EMC
President & Executive Director, Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA)
CEO, Delance
CEO, Bisila Bokoko Embassy Services International (BBES)
WBA finalist, Co-founder & Chairperson, IRA - International Robotics Academy

Moderators

Manager, Women’s Empowerment Principles Secretariat, UN Women
Anchor, CNN Money Switzerland