Side-event: Launch of the Gender Strategy 2020-23 and
the Future of Inclusive Industry
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• 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 Sli.do, 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 Sli.do 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 Slido.com 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.
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