The digitalization of the economy is creating new opportunities for women in developing countries.
Harnessing the positive impact of digital technology, combined with the transformative power of female entrepreneurship could help accelerate wealth creation and poverty reduction in these regions. However, this potential is far from being fully exploited as women struggle to scale their business and get a seat at decision-making tables.
These challenges generally derive from to cultural gender biases, lack of representation as well as unequal access to funding, among others.
UNCTAD is championing the eTrade for Women initiative to advance the empowerment of women through ICTs (SDG target 5.b). This new endeavor undertaken with the support of the Netherlands and in collaboration with eTrade for all partners aims at allowing more female digital entrepreneurs to make their voices heard in high-level political decision-making processes and to empower the next generation of female entrepreneurs in developing countries.
- Our goals
Building and nurturing a network of successful women leaders in e-commerce
Showcasing the experiences and achievements of women in the network
Train, inspire and empower the next generation of female entrepreneurs
Make the voices of women leaders in e-commerce heard in policy processes at the local, regional and global levels
- Our community
eTrade for Women initiative targets ambitious female entrepreneurs in the field the digital economy operating a in developing countries, who strive to make a lasting impact in their industry and become a force for inclusive wealth creation and development.
Businesses in Nepal tap e-commerce opportunities amid pandemic
Government reforms and initiatives in response to an UNCTAD assessment of the Himalayan nation’s eTrade readiness have allowed businesses to capitalize on COVID-19-induced online opportunities.
Building communities of women digital entrepreneurs
The UNCTAD-led eTrade for Women initiative is creating regional networks to help women digital entrepreneurs access the resources needed to succeed and contribute to sustainable development.
Five things to know about e-commerce star Nina Angelovska
UNCTAD’s eTrade for Women advocate for Eastern Europe explains her journey to e-commerce success, discusses the impact of COVID-19 and encourages women to take a seat at the policymaking table.
Equipping East African women digital entrepreneurs with skills to thrive
A new UNCTAD eTrade for Women masterclass seeks to empower and build the skills of women digital entrepreneurs in the region as well as explore opportunities amid the COVID-19 crisis.
En Afrique francophone, les femmes entrepreneurs du numérique s'affirment
Women digital entrepreneurs in francophone Africa make their mark
UNCTAD kicks off eTrade for Women masterclass series
Seven women from across the developing world were announced as UNCTAD’s first “eTrade for Women Advocates” on 24 September on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
UNCTAD held an event on Women in e-commerce: Changing the current narrative on 3 April 2019, as part of eCommerce Week 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Part 1 of the conversation
Part 2 of the conversation