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.
Netherlands commits $10 million for UNCTAD’s work on digital economy, business and investment facilitation
The country’s ministry of foreign affairs, trade and development cooperation will provide the funds during the period 2023–2026
Empowering women entrepreneurs in the digital economy
A new UNCTAD report outlines ways to accelerate a more gender-equal digital economy for women’s economic and social empowerment.
UNCTAD names new advocates for women in e-commerce
The five advocates are successful women entrepreneurs and pioneers in the digital economy.
UNCTAD partners with DHL to empower women in e-commerce
The partnership will help improve women digital entrepreneurs' skills and ease their access to global trade.
Entrepreneur helps women 'go digital' in Middle East
Mona Ataya, a Palestinian-Lebanese entrepreneur who runs the largest online marketplace for women in the region, is one of UNCTAD's six eTrade for Women advocates.
Indonesian entrepreneur uses e-commerce to create inclusive opportunities
UNCTAD eTrade for Women advocate taps into digital tools to grow her food business and build a connection between farmers and consumers.
A game-changer advocating for gender-inclusive digital ecosystems
Woman digital entrepreneur from Côte D’Ivoire makes a mark by helping more women benefit from the digital economy and making their voices heard in policy circles.
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