At the heart of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the aim to eradicate poverty, realize human rights for all; achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls; and ensure lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources.
Throughout the years, Laxmi Shrestha and her husband saw the opportunities that opening an online shop could bring to her family business.
Increasing attention is being paid today to gender equality. There is growing awareness of the importance of narrowing gaps between girls and boys, women and men in all spheres of their lives - education, economic, human security, health, and wellbeing, etc.
Sustainability, inclusive development, diversity, resilience, to name a few, are terms and phrases often bandied about in the universe of discourse on international development. One that we hear a lot is “gender mainstreaming”.
As COVID-19 restrictions have started to ease in Bangkok, I stepped out this morning to get my usual stock of vegetables and fruits. As I walked down the street, I noticed that three businesses, all of them owned by women—a florist, stationery shop and a vegetable vendor—had shut down.
As we celebrate this year’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Day on 19 November, we do so with the awareness that our region is still far from creating an environment where women entrepreneurs can flourish every day.