Enabling women’s economic participation for sustainable growth and rural development.
Women’s economic empowerment is a prerequisite for sustainable development and inclusive growth, as described in the UN Sustainable Development Goals 5 and 8. Gender responsive policies, services and business ecosystems are crucial to enable the development and scaling up of female-led enterprises. This, in turn, helps to generate decent work, achieve gender equality, reduce poverty and ensure stronger economies and resilient societies. The number of successful female-led businesses is a testament to women’s contribution to sustainable development and the economy. However, their value remains largely overlooked and their potential untapped. This session will debate winning approaches and best practices to support women’s entrepreneurship in agri-business based on successful cases in entering lucrative markets and business expansion.