Women's entrepreneurship development

Launch event: Rebuilding Better: Fostering Business Resilience Post-COVID-19

This virtual event launched the new ILO-JPMorgan Chase Foundation ‘Rebuilding Better’ project, which will provide support services to women entrepreneurs in South-East Asia that have been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to the adverse effects of COVID-19 on women entrepreneurs in South-East Asia, the ILO and JPMorgan Chase Foundation are launching the new project ‘Rebuilding Better: Fostering business resilience post-COVID-19’. The initiative will provide targeted support for women entrepreneurs to recover from the crisis and build business resilience.

Guests joining the event will learn more about how the project will support women entrepreneurs in Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand and will also be able to listen in on a panel discussion in which experts and key stakeholders will discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on women entrepreneurs and how to best ensure a an inclusive recovery.

The event will also bring together women entrepreneurs from the three countries who will share their stories of resilience, and how they have adapted to the ongoing crisis.

The virtual event is open to all and would be of particular interest to key actors working with entrepreneurship promotion and women’s entrepreneurship development in the region such as UN agencies, development partners, workers’ and employers’ organizations, civil society organizations and entrepreneurs.


Opening remarks
Graeme Buckley, Director, ILO DWT for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific and ILO Country Office for Thailand, Cambodia and Lao People's Democratic Republic and Murli Maiya, Chief Executive Officer for South and Southeast Asia, JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

Project introduction
Sara Andersson, Project Technical Officer, ILO

Panel discussion Closing remarks
Sergio Ortiz Luis, Jr., President, Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP)

Irene Laochaisri, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Insightpact