Beirut-Amman, January 04, 2022 – Female entrepreneurship helps boost employment and career development opportunities for women. To address the national challenges hampering their empowerment in technology and entrepreneurship in the Arab region, the Technology Center (ETC) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) launched the program Women’s Empowerment for Technology and Entrepreneurship (AWETE) in early 2021.
ETC also announced the ‘Arab Women’s Empowerment Ecosystem’ maps developed under the program, in addition to a brief study on the challenges women face when accessing technology and opportunities. entrepreneurship in the region.
The AWETE program included a series of 5 regional roundtables held in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine, bringing together key actors and experts advocating for women’s rights.
“Effective partnerships are essential for the sustainability of the work done by the many organizations in the region to increase and strengthen the participation of women as leaders of change,” said Kareem Hassan, Executive Director of ETC. “We have to work together to ensure that women have all the right tools to be in the lead, because entrepreneurship is the main trend for economic independence,” he added.
Discussions revolved around the results of the team’s desk research on data demonstrating the extent to which women have access to digital technologies, entrepreneurial opportunities and the intersection between the two. The program provided a space for gender experts and relevant stakeholders to share national findings and consequent recommendations related to the development of the status of women in their country, to further inform the brief holistic and comprehensive study.
Participants agreed on a set of recommendations highlighting the need to reform and decentralize non-governmental assistance provided to women entrepreneurs to mainstream innovation and sustainability, and adopt community-based approaches to increase awareness. financial and digital literacy, and implement a gender approach. sensitive social and digital security mechanisms to protect small businesses from financial and human crises.
They also highlighted the importance of integrating the concept of entrepreneurship into the curriculum to inspire girls and young women and to establish a unified platform through which women seeking entrepreneurship can access. national networks and funding opportunities.