Wednesday, October 7, 2020
09:00-10:30 Eastern Time
Women’s economic empowerment has proven to be one of the key factors in promoting economic growth, maintaining peace and stability, and ensuring an inclusive and sustainable environment. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the importance of advancing gender equality as women have been particularly vulnerable to disruptions in daily activities, especially in low- and middle-income countries. With more women than men being engaged in non-essential social services sectors, which have been heavily hit by containment measures, there has been a disproportionate loss of jobs and sources of income. As a result of the pandemic, gender digital divide is becoming pronounced with more women lacking adequate access to digital operations, which impedes their ability to engage in economic activities or transition to remote learning and working. Increase in family care responsibilities and unpaid household work has put an additional pressure on women’s ability to pursue economic opportunities. In combination, all these adverse effects might pose considerable challenges for women’s economic empowerment even in the aftermath of the pandemic.
The Caspian Policy Center will bring together international and regional experts and policymakers to discuss ways to advance women’s economic empowerment in the Caspian region. Specific topics will include developing women’s digital entrepreneurship and support for women-owned businesses, providing necessary vocational training and promoting education, and bridging gender divide in access to technology.