#Newsroom: WEI Speaks at the UNCTAD Multi-Year Expert Meeting on Enhancing the Inclusive Dimension of Enterprise Development in Geneva

A WEI delegation took part in the 7th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Multi-Year Expert Meeting on Enhancing the Inclusive Dimension of Enterprise Development which took place at the Palais des Nations, Geneva between 17-19th June 2019. The delegation consisted of Yolanda Gibb, Trade Lead, who was a discussant during the session covering Empowering Women Entrepreneurs; Noreen Burroughes Cesareo and Nicole Pitter Patterson.Noreen Cesareo was part of the WEI delegation taking part in the  7th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Multi-Year Expert Meeting on Enhancing the Inclusive Dimension of Enterprise Development at the Palais des Nations, Geneva between 17-19th June 2019.

The delegation included Yolanda Gibb, Trade Lead, who was a discussant during the session covering Empowering Women Entrepreneurs and Nicole Pitter Patterson.

The Expert Meeting which brought together delegates from countries around the United Nations, discussed how the sustainable and inclusive dimension of enterprise development could be enhanced by promoting responsible business practices, corporate social responsibility and inclusive entrepreneurship that can facilitate progress towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

During the meeting, delegates heard and reviewed examples of inclusive business models and how awareness of good sustainable and inclusive business practices could be facilitated. They also heard about policies that are being drafted, or that are already in place, that strengthen the role of entrepreneurship for inclusive growth and sustainable development. As part of the agenda, they considered how the UNCTAD Entrepreneurship Policy Framework could be adapted and expanded to address the challenges of sustainable and inclusive growth, including creating employment opportunities and engendering inclusive outcomes for disadvantaged groups of the population such as youth, women, migrants, persons with disabilities and the poor.

The session on Empowering Women Entrepreneurs was a lively and interactive session, with academics, representatives from various government and NGOs presenting models and best practice from their regions. Entrepreneurs were also invited to speak and to voice their journeys and challenges as women entrepreneurs. As session discussant, Yolanda was invited to speak on behalf of WEI. She discussed the issue of equality vs equity, saying that women and men are not the same, and that what we should be looking for is equity not equality, fair treatment and fair access. She explained how although we may think that suitable policies are in place, in actual fact they are not gender neutral – and while the issues in general are the same across genders, the solutions are different, and must fit the culture, the economy and the informal mechanisms at work. They must also involve stakeholder engagement right from the beginning. Yolanda went on to add that there are further issues concerning impact measurement; disaggregated statistics are largely missing. Furthermore, impact measurement has a qualitative aspect and this is not being taken into consideration. Economic empowerment for women should be felt by them. How is this to be measured?

Noreen Cesareo then tabled a question on women entrepreneurs that fall below the VAT threshold. She brought forward the example of the work being done in the UK to collect data on women entrepreneurs. She explained how many women entrepreneurs are micro-businesses and sole traders. As a segment, they typically fall in a space that is not easy to measure, and as a result, cannot be included in gender disaggregated statistics. In the UK, there are multiple efforts to find a way to measure this, involving government, the UK Economic Blueprint, various organisations in industry, as well as academia. Noreen asked the delegates present whether any country has found a way to capture this segment.

Other key highlights included the work of Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network (DWEN) empowering women entrepreneurs to grow their business through the power of technology, expansion of global networks and access to capital. In addition, the focus of the International Robotics Academy, Jordan led by Co-Founder Ms. Lama Sha’sha’a underscored the critical importance of gender balanced digital skills training to equip the work force of the future and to ensure inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems as part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Further valuable connections were made with representatives of academia, NGOs, private sector entities, enterprise development partners and digital training organizations for prospective WEI collaborations.

Yolanda, Noreen and Nicole form part of the WEI International Trade team.

Recordings: Yolanda Gibb & Noreen Cesareo Burroughes

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#Newsroom: Noreen Cesareo has been nominated for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

London February 19th, 2-019. Noreen Cesareo, Founder and Principal, Market Accents, has been nominated for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards.

Noreen Burroughes Cesareo nominated for Positive Role Model Award for Gender

Noreen Burroughes Cesareo nominated for Positive Role Model Award for Gender

Noreen, an entrepreneur and active supporter of female economic empowerment and girls’ education, has been nominated from the London area for the Positive Role Model Award, Gender at The National Diversity Awards 2019.

The Awards, which will be held at the Breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 20th September 2019 bring together Britain’s most inspirational and selfless people, to honour the rich tapestry of our nation, recognising individuals and groups from across the UK.  The prestigious black tie event recognises nominees in their respective fields of diversity including age, disability, gender, race, faith, religion and sexual orientation.

Noreen’s nomination comes on the back of her work in women’s economic empowerment and girls’ education. She has volunteered her time freely over many years to push these causes forward, in the UK, around the Commonwealth and internationally. She is a trustee of the Commonwealth Girls Education Fund; sits on the UK APPG For Women in Enterprise board as a lead for International Trade; A Pink Shoe Ambassador, Lead for Exports, Markets and Marketing within the first ever UK Economic Blueprint for women-owned businesses; and core member of Woman Economic Initiative (WEI) – a global, collaborative initiative to promote women’s economic empowerment. Within these roles, she is an active participant, seeking solutions, fund raising, carrying out research, developing thought leadership and working on advocacy projects that influence or change policy. She has actively participated in local and international events, driving forward agendas, and has spoken on radio and other media about the impact of women-owned businesses and gender equality. She is a very positive role model and has touched many people through her zest for life, her work on promoting gender equality and education.

Leading global brand Johnson & Johnson were 2018 Headline sponsors of the UK’s largest diversity awards, attracting a growing list of supporters including Adam Hills, Graham Norton and Katie Piper.

Sir Lenny Henry CBE, previous shortlisted nominee for the Celebrity of the Year gong said; “Diversity to me means involving everybody without any discrimination; its means having integrated groups in society, it means fairness and total inclusion and that’s what the National Diversity Awards are about. Congratulations to everyone who has been nominated, you’re all doing a fantastic job, rock on!”

The National Diversity Awards receives over 25,000 nominations and votes annually. Founder & CEO Paul Sesay said, “As we enter our 8th awards season, The National Diversity Awards prepare to welcome a host of outstanding role models and charities to our family. We look to those who represent progress, spirit and resilience, and I cannot wait to learn about the wonderful work being carried out this year”.

Nominations close on May 31, 2019 and shortlisted nominees will be announced shortly after this date. To vote for Noreen, please click here: https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominee/noreen-burroughes-cesareo-london-uk/

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