The evolving ICT landscape is offering women entrepreneurs new opportunities to strengthen their businesses and become more effective.
Through mobile phones, electronic platforms and networks, radio, TV, blogs and the Internet, women entrepreneurs are reaching out to customers and building their businesses in ways they could not do before. Effective use of ICTs is now helping to overcome several challenges that women entrepreneurs in developed and developing countries face.
At the same time, there is evidence of a "gender digital divide" wherein women entrepreneurs - due to lack of literacy, skills, access, resources and other factors - are excluded from the opportunities and benefits offered by ICTs.
UNCTAD is mandated to promote more effective application of ICTs for enterprise development, including women's entrepreneurship, in developing countries.