UNDP Seoul Policy Centre takes part in the World Congress of Global Partnership for Young Women

11 Aug 2014

imageThe Policy Specialist of the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre takes part in the panel discussion at the World Congress of Global Partnership

In Seoul, the 2014 World Congress of Global Partnership for Young Women began on 4 August 2014 under the theme of “Serving Together: Education for the Empowerment of Women”. This international event is co-organized by UN Women and Duksung Women’s University in Korea.

This 10-day-international event brings together over thirty experts and nearly five hundred students from thirty two countries.

“In order to solve the problems we face in today’s world, we need to find ways to cooperate and achieve long-term, effective partnerships,” said the President of Duksung Women’s University, Hong, Seoung-Yong, in his opening remarks.

“Many hands make light work,” quoting a Korean proverb, President Hong emphasized the importance of partnership for empowering women.

The Country Representative of UN Women Cambodia, Ms. Wenny Kusuma, urged the importance of the women’s participation in decision making process through achieving gender equality to make the future we want in her welcoming remarks.

UNDP Seoul Policy Centre’s Policy Specialist, Artemy Izmestiev, took part in the Panel Discussion on “Womenomics and Women Entrepreneurship” which brought topics and case studies related to women businesses and their insertion in economic development, with success stories and current challenges based on Asian and African examples.

Talking about the long traditions of women’s entrepreneurship, he presented the case of Kim Man Deok, the well-known female merchant of Jeju Island from the 18th century who gave all her riches to help people in famine as an example of women’s entrepreneurship and its significant role in society. Quoting the Human Development Report 2014, Mr. Izmestiev mentioned the vulnerability women entrepreneurs have and the areas where resilience needs to be built.

At this panel discussion, the experts from Africa and Asia shared their knowledge and experiences in women’s entrepreneurship including the case of African women’s small and medium enterprises, women’s role in green growth in Asia, the concept of “Creating Shared Value” (CSV) and the social achievements of around fifty thousand female entrepreneurs in India.

The World Congress presents Plenary Panels on Women´s Business, Entrepreneurship and Educational Partnerships; followed by the Special Sessions on Ending Violence Against Women and High Level International Generational Dialogues on Beijing +20. Until the 15 of August 2014, the program will continue with the Global Student´s Contest through four key areas and will conclude with a training program for participating students.