Exploring emerging opportunities for women in the digital age at the third Eurasian Women’s Forum

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Nowadays, the world is on the threshold of a drastic transformation. Accelerating globalization, growing energy, food supply and production demands, evolving nature of jobs and emerging epidemiological threats are all changing our way of living. There is a need to develop new inclusive business models to strengthen the resilience of communities while promoting solidarity and cooperation among governments, international organizations, the private sector, academia and civil society.

Many challenges and opportunities are facing the global community, and women are often the ones left behind. The greater integration of women in the context of Industry 4.0 has an ever-growing potential to help transform economies and further boost inclusive and sustainable industrial development in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

UNIDO has been long advocating for more women in industry as a prerequisite for economic growth, social cohesion and prosperity. Since 2018, with the financial support of the Russian Federation, UNIDO has been implementing a project aimed at advancing the women’s economic empowerment agenda in the region of Europe and Central Asia and beyond.

Within the framework of the project, UNIDO is organizing a webinar series and a panel discussion at the third Eurasian Women’s Forum (EAWF) in autumn 2021 under the general theme “Emerging opportunities for women in the digital age”.

The six thematic webinars will allow the audience to take stock of the existing best practices and conducive policies while seeking innovative solutions to the most acute challenges pertaining to the economic empowerment of women in Industry 4.0.

Below are the registration links for the webinar series.

WEBINAR 1. Women and modern technologies in restoring sustainability and building resilience in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis

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WEBINAR 2. Promoting cutting-edge women-led SMEs and start-ups for a more innovative and inclusive business environment

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WEBINAR 3. Empowering women globally for the attainment of SDG-9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure

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WEBINAR 4. Harnessing the potential of women for advancing research, development and innovation ecosystems

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WEBINAR 5. Bridging the digital skills gap: Matching growing learning opportunities for women with evolving market needs

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WEBINAR 6. Women in modern creative industries: Translating innovativeness and talent into economic growth and social cohesion

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Find out more about each webinar and the panel discussion below.

  • WEBINAR 1. Women and modern technologies in restoring sustainability and building resilience in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis
  • WEBINAR 2. Promoting cutting-edge women-led SMEs and start-ups for a more innovative and inclusive business environment
  • WEBINAR 3. Empowering women globally for the attainment of SDG-9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • WEBINAR 4. Harnessing the potential of women for advancing research, development and innovation ecosystems
  • WEBINAR 5. Bridging the digital skills gap: Matching growing learning opportunities for women with evolving market needs
  • WEBINAR 6. Women in modern creative industries: Translating innovativeness and talent into economic growth and social cohesion
  • PANEL DISCUSSION. Multi-stakeholder global dialogue on emerging opportunities for women in the digital age
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    WHEN: 14 September 2021, 13:00 -14:30 CEST

    WHERE: Zoom

    MODERATOR: Monica Carco, International Development and Gender Expert, Women20 Italy Management Team

    SPEAKERS

    • Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director for UN Coordination, Partnerships, Resources and Sustainability, UN Women
    • Cheryl Miller Van Dÿck, Chair, Women Entrepreneurship Platform (Europe)
    • Emanuela Pozzan, Senior Specialist in the Gender, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Branch, International Labour Organization (ILO)
    • Anett Numa, Digital Transformation Adviser, e-Estonia Briefing Centre

    LANGUAGES: English and Russian with simultaneous interpretation 

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    WHEN: 16 September 2021, 13:00-14:30 CEST

    WHERE: Zoom

    MODERATOR: Selma Prodanovic, Vice-President, European Business Angel Network

    SPEAKERS:

    LANGUAGES: English and Russian with simultaneous interpretation

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    WHEN: 21 September 2021, 13:00-14:30 CEST

    WHERE: Zoom

    MODERATOR: Africa Zanella, President, Centre for Sustainability and Gender Economics (CSGE-Spain/Australia)

    SPEAKERS:

    • Lizbeth Goodman, Chair of Creative Technology Innovation and Full Professor of Inclusive Design for Education, University College Dublin
    • Cecilia Ugaz Estrada, Director of the Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women Office, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
    • Mei Lin Fung, Co-founder, People-Centered Internet
    • Blake Burningham, Technical Specialist, Microsoft

    LANGUAGES: English and Russian with simultaneous interpretation

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    WHEN: 23 September 2021, 13:00-14:30 CEST

    WHERE: Zoom

    MODERATOR: Svetlana Malkarova, Vice-rector, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

    SPEAKERS:

    • Elena Rovenskaya, Director of the Advancing Systems Analysis Programme, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
    • Marco Kamiya, Chief of the Innovation and Digitalization Division, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
    • Patrice Braun, Adjunct Professor, Research and Innovation, Federation University Australia
    • Myonghee Kim, Professor, Sookmyung Women’s University

    LANGUAGES: English and Russian with simultaneous interpretation

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    WHEN: 28 September 2021, 13:00-14:30 CEST

    WHERE: Zoom

    MODERATOR: Natalia Mochu, Regional Director of the Regional Office for CIS, International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

    SPEAKERS:

    • Nadezhda Surova, Director of the Competence Center “Personnel for the Digital Economy”, National Technology Initiative (NTI)
    • Jacek Cukrowski, Chief of the Regional Coordination Division for Europe and Central Asia, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
    • Maja Tomanič-Vidovič, Director, Slovene Enterprise Fund (SEF)
    • Oxana Kukharchuk, Board Member, Element

    LANGUAGES: English and Russian with simultaneous interpretation

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    WHEN: 30 September 2021, 13:00-14:30 CEST

    WHERE: Zoom

    MODERATOR: Yanina Novitskaya, Managing Director, Cartier Russia and CIS

    SPEAKERS:

    LANGUAGES: English and Russian with simultaneous interpretation

  • WHEN: 14 October 2021

    WHERE: Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

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