programme analyst, Gender and Human Right at the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) has underscored the role of women in national development,
acknowledging that women entrepreneurs are drivers to economic growth.
Emily Sarr was speaking on Thursday at a day’s business forum designed for women in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) at a hotel in Bijilo.
“The growth of your enterprises will impact positively on GDP and the prosperity of nations. Women’s economic empowerment as we know helps to overcome poverty. It has a multiplier effect on education, food security and nutrition and on the environment and therefore contributing to achieving Sustainable Development Goals”
Based on these facts, governments and agencies must rethink when facilitating women’s access to land or loans to set up businesses or when procurement processes by nature of their design preclude women’s participation and ignore their needs, she lamented.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment, she went on, is central to the mandate of United Nations and given the importance of women owned-enterprises, UNDP sees the forum befitting as it will avail the women of the country the opportunity to unleash their growth potential, thereby strengthening their entrepreneurial spirit.
“I anticipate that at the end of this forum, we will share experience and to create knowledge product on how to better support or advance the entrepreneurial skills of women as well as how to make procurement more gender friendly” she added.
She expressed optimism that the transformative partnership between GCCI and UNDP will be further heightened for the benefit of both institutions.