Global partnership to break down barriers for women entrepreneurs

23 Sep

UN Women and The Coca-Cola Company have announced a new global partnership to support, train and mentor more women entrepreneurs.

This initiative aims to build on the strengths of UN Women’s strategic plan and Coca-Cola’s 5 by 20 scheme, which aims to inspire and support five million women entrepreneurs by 2020.

UN Women – the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – is encouraging companies to sign up to its Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business to support women in the workplace, marketplace and community by promoting training and professional development for women, and to measure and publicly report on gender equality.

The public-private partnership aims to break down the barriers that women entrepreneurs face, and provide access to business skills training, financial services and support networks of peers and mentors.

Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, said: “We believe there is no better time to invest in women as engines of economic growth and sustainable development. Women are the fastest-growing economic force and no business or economy will be able to grow without them.”

Michelle Bachelet, under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women, added: “Now more than ever, the world needs to unleash women’s talent and energy if we are to make our economies and societies stronger. We can no longer afford to waste the potential of half the world’s population. It is both a matter of justice as well as good business and economic sense.”

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2 Responses to “Global partnership to break down barriers for women entrepreneurs”

  1. mark 26/09/2011 at 6:11 am #

    i m also working with various charitable organizations, i have seen those women who are entrepreneurs, have good idea to solve the problems.

  2. The confidence guru 15/11/2011 at 10:27 am #

    It’s a great thing to let women decide for themselves.

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