Vera Songwe, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has launched a Women and Girls Startup Challenge in Cote d’Ivoire’s capital, Abidjan. The initiative is geared towards getting more women and girls into digital entrepreneurship, businesses, and empower them economically.
Participants of the Women and Girls Startup Challenge are required to present a ten-minute pitch to a panel of judges. The application will be made online, and the seasoned panelists who are also professionals from various fields will make a follow-up on the most promising pitches. Successful applicants will get mentorship opportunities as well as access to funding.
During the launch of the Challenge, Songwe, made a remark on the sub-theme of the event, ‘Contributing more efficiently to the sustainable development Agenda for girls and women through digitalization.’
She noted, “while digital evolution is not a panacea, it provides opportunities for an effective participation of women in sustainable development and the benefit that they can derive from this process are immeasurable.”
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