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Women's economic empowerment conference opens in Edinburgh



Scotland’s first Women’s Economic Empowerment Conference kicked off this morning in Edinburgh hosted by Women’s Enterprise Scotland working along with the US-based Women’s Economic Imperative.

Attended by delegates from across the world, the conference is focusing on opportunities and challenges for equity, inclusive growth and sustainability.

It is seeking to identify next steps and instigate action towards achieving the United Nations’ work on women’s economic empowerment.

Gathering together international speakers from the private sector, civil society and academia, participants are hearing from women breaking barriers as they progress careers in sectors such as technology, aviation and finance.

Speakers include technology evangelist Professor Sue Black; Captain Irene Koki Mutungi, Kenyan Airways Captain and first female African Dreamliner pilot and the Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, Former president of Costa Rica and co-chair of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment.

Professor Black, who is working with digital skills agency said: “Technology has the power to transform and empower women’s lives, which is why we launched the ground-breaking TechMums programme.

“I am thrilled to be speaking at Scotland’s first Women’s Economic Empowerment Conference about the ways in which we need to harness technology to unlock women’s economic potential.”

Women’s Enterprise Scotland chief executive Carolyn Currie said: “We are delighted to be hosting this prestigious inaugural event here in Scotland, underscoring our reputation as global leaders in women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship.

“We must ensure that gender equality thinking is placed centre stage in all future economic policy making and economic development if we want to deliver true, transformational change here in the UK and internationally.”

The organisers said the conference would examine gender at the intersection of politics, economics, geography and resilience and provide thought leadership on changing perceptions and norms around women’s roles in the society and economy.

It would also discuss ways in which to mobilise partnerships and coalitions across civil society, private sector, government and academia to advance women’s economic empowerment for the benefit of everyone to achieve concrete economic and social outcomes and impact.

The main sponsors of the conference are The Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life Aberdeen and Mastercard.



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