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Strong Women – Strong Economies

Unlocking the Potential of Women’s Entrepreneurship in Africa

Strong Women – Strong Economies

June 21, 2021

online via Zoom

Entrepreneurship is widely considered a unique source of women’s empowerment and sustainable and resilient economic growth. This is most evident in Africa. The continent is at the forefront of innovation: According to the World Bank, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rate of entrepreneurship in the world. It is the only region where the majority of entrepreneurs are women – with 27% of female adults engaging in entrepreneurial activity. We discussed how to tap into the full potential of female entrepreneurship, with a focus on digital and creative businesses.

The 1995 Beijing Platform for Action set out a visionary agenda to abolish systemic barriers to women’s equal participation in all spheres of life, including the economy. However, more than 25 years later, no country has come close to meeting its commitments. In 2021, the Generation Equality Forum (30 June to 2 July 2021 in Paris) will use the anniversary as an opportunity to mobilize for equality and bring transformative change.

 

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