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Women Mean Business: Join the online event

4 juni 2020

On Tuesday June 16, CARE Nederland, the Embassy of Sweden in the Netherlands and the Embassy of Canada in the Netherlands welcome you to Women Mean Business. This online event highlights the pathways to successfully supporting women entrepreneurs in low-income communities. It was initially developed before the Coronavirus crisis emerged. Now more than ever, women entrepreneurs in low-income communities deserve our continued support.

Register here to participate in this online event, taking place on Tuesday June 16 from 15.00 – 16.00 hrs (GMT+1).

Women Mean Business: Expert panel and global report

Women Mean Business convenes policy makers, experts and practitioners to bring about the changes needed to support women entrepreneurs in the poorest communities in the world. On this occasion, CARE Nederland presents the Women Mean Business report, highlighting women’s success stories, the pathways to successfully supporting women entrepreneurs and the case for investing in women entrepreneurs. The international expert panel addresses the impact of COVID-19 on gender equality and women’s economic empowerment, and discusses next steps in supporting women’s enterprise development in low-income communities.

CARE Nederland is delighted to partner with the Embassy of Sweden in the Netherlands and the Embassy of Canada in the Netherlands in organizing this event. Our partnership with the Embassies builds on our shared, longstanding support for gender equality and Sweden’s feminist foreign policy, our joint involvement in the International Gender Champions network and our successful cooperation organizing an official side event on access to finance for female entrepreneurs for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in 2019. We are pleased to announce that this online event is hosted by H.E. Annika Markovic, Ambassador of Sweden to the Netherlands.

Broadcast from the Swedish Residence in the Hague, and with remote contributions from our international speakers, Women Mean Business is accessible for viewers from across the globe. The panel consists of the following persons:

  • Markus Goldstein, Lead Economist Africa, World Bank
  • Jorim Schraven, Director Impact and ESG, FMO The Entrepreneurial Development Bank
  • Sofia Sprechmann, Secretary General, CARE International

Solange Hai, Program Manager at CARE Nederland, will introduce the Women Mean Business report.

The event is hosted by H.E. Annika Markovic, Ambassador of Sweden to the Netherlands, and moderated by Reintje van Haeringen, CEO, CARE Nederland. H.E. Lisa Helfand, Ambassador of Canada to the Netherlands, will provide remarks.

Register here to participate in this online event

Women in Enterprise

Women entrepreneurs are a powerful force in emerging economies, driving local economic development and contributing to community resilience. We also know that entrepreneurship can offer a clear route out of poverty for women in low-income communities. Through CARE’s Women in Enterprise programme, funded by the H&M Foundation, almost 270,000 business women were supported, including through improved business conditions, access to funds and business skills. The women we work with are committed, innovative and have shown incredible resilience, many in the face of COVID-19.

The global report will share their stories and provide new data on women entrepreneurs, the impact of COVID-19 on their businesses and lives, and the five key components for successful enterprise development amongst women living in low-income communities.

Gilda is the President of a Women’s Cooperative in Guatemala, producing soya bean derivatives.

“COVID-19 has affected us economically and emotionally. We haven’t been able to sell our products and our income has decreased. The worst-case scenario is that we will have to shut down the business.”

Women’s Economic Empowerment and COVID-19

The year 2020 was meant to be a special year for women’s rights and poverty eradication. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action on gender equality, and the 5th anniversary of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Coronavirus crisis has impacted these anniversaries, threatens progress to date, and could condemn women to decades of poverty. CARE recently published a policy brief on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, showing that COVID-19 puts decades of progress towards women’s and girls’ economic justice and rights at risk.

CARE’s Women Mean Business report, available from June 16 onwards, provides a deep dive into the realities of women entrepreneurs in low-income communities, and ways in which they have been able to build their business, increase their income, and overcome any obstacle.

We look forward to welcoming you to Women Mean Business.

Register here

For more information, please contact Paulien Boone: boone@carenederland.org