UNIDO as a platform to promote women’s economic empowerment, entrepreneurship and leadership

UNIDO as a platform to promote women’s economic empowerment, entrepreneurship and leadership

The new era of industrialization marked by Industry 4.0, digitalization and innovation has been gaining momentum, entailing a range of new opportunities and challenges. Women and girls account for half of the world’s population, yet 250 million fewer women than men are online. Bridging the digital gender divide is a prerequisite for achieving sustainable economic growth and prosperity.

We welcome UNIDO’s role as a global platform for the promotion of women’s economic empowerment and leadership, and call for continued efforts, strengthening of international cooperation and partnerships with public, private sector and academia in this field,” – reemphasized UNIDO’s Member States in the Abu Dhabi Declaration, which was adopted at the 18th session of the UNIDO General Conference in November 2019.

In the spirit of this pivotal commitment, UNIDO, with financial support provided by the Government of the Russian Federation, has, since 2018, been implementing a project aimed at advancing the women’s economic empowerment agenda in the region of Europe and Central Asia and beyond. The project activities have been carried out in the following key service dimensions: sharing knowledge and expertise; forging partnerships and networking; developing competencies and capacity building.

The project facilitated the creation of a robust inter-regional network of stakeholders representing governments, the private sector and civil society organizations that are engaged in the promotion of women’s economic empowerment, entrepreneurship and leadership. UNIDO fostered global knowledge sharing by inviting prominent experts and leaders to share their opinions and policy recommendations at major platforms for multi-stakeholder dialogue, such as the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum in 2018, the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum in 2017, 2018 and 2019, and the Second Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit in 2019.

Key counterparts from the Russian Federation – the Council of the Eurasian Women’s Forum under the Federation Council of the Federal Assemblythe Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Industry and Trade  have been greatly contributing to the success of the project endeavours. Thematic initiatives have been also supported and mainstreamed by UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador Veronika Peshkova.

Online training course “Digital Business Innovations for Women Entrepreneurs and Managers”

In summer 2021, UNIDO finalized the development of an online training course aimed at upgrading the business management skills of women entrepreneurs and managers in the age of widespread digitalization. The training course is available free of charge in English and Russian and consists of the following six modules delivered in the form of video lectures by reputable experts:

  • Basics of digital technologies;
  • Digital marketing;
  • Digital project management;
  • E-commerce;
  • Social media marketing (SMM);
  • Customer relationship management (CRM).

To access the course, follow the links provided below and register at the UNIDO e-learning platform.

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Please see a short introductory video presenting the online training course (in English and Russian).

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For further information, please contact

Ms. Solomiya Omelyan

Programme Officer

UNIDO Regional Division for Europe and Central Asia


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