Technological changes, including digitalisation, have been accelerated by the Covid-19 health crisis. Digital transformation presents a major tool for empowering women to enable their inclusion in labour markets, in entrepreneurial and financial activities, particularly with a view on future challenges. However, women in the Euro-Mediterranean region face a persistent gender gap in access and use of digital technologies, in digital skills and in the digital labour market, and face certain online risks when engaging with new technologies.
This year, the Women Business Forum will join the international community to further analyze how digitalisation can help empower women as entrepreneurs, traders, workers and professionals as well as discuss the necessary policy measures required to ensure that digitalisation does not leave women behind.
The Forum’s roundtable discussions will focus on the root causes of the digital gender divide in the MENA region and explore how the digital divide affects women entrepreneurs without sufficient access to technology. Education and training initiatives to enhance digital literacy and women’s participation in digital environments will be addressed, as well as the opportunities digital transformation and technologies have, their impact on value chains and how they can be used to enhance the competitiveness of women-owned SMEs and women’s bargaining power.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.