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Side-event: Launch of the Gender Strategy 2020-23 and

the Future of Inclusive Industry


Monday, 4 November 2019 | 11.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.


  • Key messages
  • Objectives
  • Format
  • Guiding Questions
  • • Through its mandate on ISID, and the implementation of its new Strategy for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (2020 – 2023), ensures that present and future industrial development pathways will meet the needs of women and girls as well as men and boys, thereby enabling them to fully participate as innovators, leaders and economic actors in the future of industry.

    • The future of inclusive industry will depend largely on how the 4IR addresses current gender inequalities. To harness the full potential of future industrial practices to promote gender equality, targeted gender-responsive actions, policies and investments are essential. Industrial policies and development programmes should shape, operationalize and define an inclusive industrial future by i.e. redressing the gender digital divide, particularly in engineering and in information and communications technology, and by promoting technology-driven, innovative solutions to systemic barriers faced by women and girls to lead, participate in and benefit from industrial development.

  • In the context of the theme of the General Conference, “Industry 2030 – Innovate. Connect. Transform our Future”, the new UNIDO Strategy for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (2020 – 2023), and the Beijing+25 review process, the session has two main objectives:

    • To launch and present the UNIDO Strategy for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (2020-2023), which promotes UNIDO’s vision that women and men equally lead, participate in, and benefit from inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID).

    • To discuss how digitalization, the automatization of production, technological advances and innovation in the industrial sector present both challenges and opportunities to advance gender equality in the industry of the future; and the role of gender-responsive industrial policies to ensure that the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) can be inclusive of those who have been left behind in the past.

    The session is envisaged to encompass a strategy launch with opening remarks, followed by presentations and a moderated panel discussion, with an interactive question and answer segment.

  • The side-event will start with the launch of the Gender Strategy 2020-2023, which is followed by an interactive panel discussion. During the launch of the Gender Strategy 2020-2023, the UNIDO Director General will present the Organization’s programmatic and organizational work on gender equality and the empowerment of women over the next four years. This part of the session will be rounded off by statements from high-level representatives from Member States co-organizing the side-event and from UN Women.

    The purpose of the second part of the side-event is to be an interactive discussion, facilitated by a moderator, promoting active and productive dialogue amongst panelists on the future of inclusive industry. We invite panelists to share their thoughts and experiences around the questions as proposed further down below. Panelists are welcome to suggest additional points and the moderator may interject questions of her own. 

    This segment of the side-event will begin with the moderator introducing the audience to, a web-based Q&A and polling platform for live events allowing attendees to ask questions and vote in live polls via their phones, tablets or computers. Afterwards, the panelists will be presented and welcomed on stage, and the moderator will then direct the discussion around the questions outlined below. Time permitting; the moderator will open the panel to 2-3 questions from the floor towards the end of the discussion. 

    • How is your country or organization preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution? What is your country or organization doing to facilitate an inclusive and sustainable transition?
    • As new forms of economies are on the rise, the future of work and its implications for sectoral job availability is uncertain. For instance, the gig economy presents an opportunity to develop a fluid workforce, access hyper-specialized talent, enjoy savings and supercharge productivity. What can the private sector in both developed and developing countries do to update its business models to embrace the changing nature of the workforce? And how can governments facilitate the implementation of new models?
    • What types of measures need to be put in place to ensure that industrial policy frameworks are gender-responsive? How should industrial policies that seek to improve access to and use of innovative and sustainable technologies address the underlying causes of gender inequality?
    • 4IR could reverse the systemic gender, income, and wealth inequalities targeted by the SDG framework. How can multilateral organizations, such as the UN system, support Member States and the private sector to guarantee that the Fourth Industrial Revolution does not reinforce existing gender inequalities? How can we ensure technologies driving the next phase of globalization are inclusive, human-centered and driven by positive values? 
    • Women represent one of the largest pools of untapped talent for manufacturing. What can be done to close the manufacturing sector’s gender gap that has limited businesses’ ability to evolve and expand?
    • Research shows that women and girls in rural and urban poor areas lack knowledge on how to apply digital technology for productive uses. How can we best facilitate and promote investments in access to digital skills, STEM education and economic opportunities for women and girls? What are good examples of public-private partnerships in this regard?
    • What can the private sector and public leadership do to enable a gender-responsive corporate culture? What opportunities does 4IR present in closing the gender wage gap, reducing unpaid care work and promoting family-friendly, flexible working arrangements for both men and women?
    • What can 4IR do to promote women as innovators, leaders and economic actors of the future? And what are the next steps in ensuring the Fourth Industrial revolution is inclusive of those who have been left behind in the past?
  • We would like to make sure the event addresses the most important and pressing questions related to the subject discussed. Therefore, we will be using a tool that allows participants to submit questions and express their opinion by voting in live polls. Questions submitted via will be moderated by the event organizers and will be directed through the moderator to the speakers. To join, the participants will have to follow these steps:

    1) Open the browser on their smartphone or other device

    2) Go to or use the QR, and enter the event code #GENDER

    3) Participants can now ask questions and vote on the ones they would like to see addressed.

    4) The session will start with a poll question.



Please see speakers' biographies below:

  • LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policymaker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, LI has long been involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies and in supporting sound economic growth in China. Throughout his career, he has advocated financial-sector reform and prompted major financial institutions to establish corporate governance, deal with toxic assets and strengthen risk management. LI prioritizes fiscal and financial measures to promote agricultural development and small and mediumsized enterprises, both of which represent cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.... Read More

    HÄMÄLÄINEN Mirjami Pirkko

    Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations in Vienna, Ambassador to Austria
    Government of Finland

    Pirkko Mirjami Hämäläinen, Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations in Vienna, Ambassador to Austria. Ambassador Hämäläinen has served in various capacities, among them: Under-Secretary of State for Internal and External Services (2014-2018); Ambassador to Latvia in Riga (2012-2014); Chief of Personnel (2009-2012); Minister Counsel... Read More

    MEHROTRA Aparna

    Director, UN system Coordination Division
    UN Women

    Ms. Aparna Mehrotra has been working with the United Nations for over 30 years in several capacities. She served in the United Nations Development Programme in Argentina, Angola and Indonesia, and with the United Nations Capital Development Fund overseeing the development programme on least developed countries including Bolivia, Nicaragua and Bangl... Read More

  • Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, Minister of Industries, Bangladesh. Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun is a Bangladesh Awami League politician and the incumbent Member of Parliament from Narsingdi-4. In January 2019, he has elected as the Minister of Industries. Minister Humayun graduated with a M.M.S and Law degree from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was... Read More

    ABDULLA Ismail

    Chief Executive Officer

    Ismail Abdulla, Chief Executive Officer, Strata. He is also Vice President in Mubadala's Aerospace, Renewables and ICT (AR&I) platform, one of four global business platforms within Mubadala Investment Company. In his role as CEO of Strata, Ismail is responsible for strengthening the company’s and the UAE aerospace industry competitiveness world... Read More


    General Director of International Outreach and Gender
    Productive Development Unit of the Ministry of Economy, Mexico

    Ivana Fernández is responsible of the international and gender equality agendas, for the women’s financial inclusion and the empowerment of female entrepreneurs, in the policy design and implementation for the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). She is an economist, and also a MSc in Environmental Economics from the University College Lond... Read More


    Executive Partner and VP Bell Labs Consulting

    He leads a global team of futurists looking into macroeconomics, new market models and value creation strategies. He is also head of Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Japan regional consulting practices. He brings 20+ years of experience spanning markets, shaping industry growth agenda, advising ICT sector clients on diversification strategies ... Read More

    TYURIKOVA Evgeniya

    Head of Sberbank Private Banking
    Sberbank Private Banking

    Evgeniya Tyurikova, Head of Sberbank Private Banking. Member of Russian Independent Directors’ Association, a member of trustees board of Association “Equal rights and Equal Opportunities”, in the past a member of the boards of directors in several companies. Frequent speaker at different forums and conferences (St. Petersburg International Economi... Read More

  • Sarah Kelly is an American journalist and television news anchor. She is the Anchor-at-Large at Deutsche Welle in Berlin, where she hosts the flagship international news programme “DW News” and the talk show “Global Talk”. Previously, Sarah was an anchor and producer at Bloomberg Television in New York. In addition to her journalism, Sarah moderates high-level panels at global conferences, such as the World Economic Forum and the G20. She has been named a German Chancellor Fellow and an Atlantik-Brücke Young Leader. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (magna cum laude) from Columbia University, where she was a trustee scholar.... Read More




Please find the full information of the side-event here.

Please see the ebook of the Gender Strategy here.

All pictures from the Gender side-event are available on UNIDO's official Flickr account.