Talk on the role of women as leaders in the transition to green economy supported by the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI)

The International Labour Organization Bureau for Employers’ Activities (ACT/EMP) supported the first Sustainability Talk on “Her Power, Our Future: Women Lead Sustainable Development” in cooperation with the FEI.

News | 30 October 2023
The ILO participated in the first Sustainability Talks on "Her Power, Our Future: Women Lead Sustainable Development", co-organized by the Federation of Egyptian Industries. The event took place under the auspices of the Ministry of Labour, the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Social Solidarity.

The conference was held on Thursday 26 October in Alexandria Governorate, in cooperation with the Federation of Egyptian Industries, the Alexandria Businesswomen's Association, the Egyptian Business Council for Sustainability, Misr Insurance Company, and the United States Agency for International Development.

It is worth noting that the first Sustainability Talks aimed to enhance cooperation and exchange of knowledge and experiences to achieve sustainable development goals, support the government's efforts to transition to a green economy, and enhance the role of women in society economically and socially.

The conference brought together a group of experts, policy-makers, business leaders and civil society decision-makers to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing women in achieving sustainable development goals and promoting women's economic and social empowerment in the context of sustainable development, climate change and corporate social responsibility.

In this context, the International Labour Organization organised a session entitled "Empowering Women and Promoting Sustainability: Gender Equality and Entrepreneurship for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals". Representatives of employers' organizations, civil society and the Egyptian government participated in the session on behalf of the International Labour Organization. The session highlighted the role of the ILO and employers' organizations in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through the development of women's entrepreneurship, in particular the goal related to gender equality (Goal 5), decent work and economic growth (Goal 8) and climate action (Goal 13). In addition to the role of the National Council for Women in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through financial literacy training.

This support to the FEI is provided through the ILO Development Cooperation Programme's Decent Work for Women in Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco project, funded by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Federation of Egyptian Industries - Egypt's employers' organisation - represents 20 industrial chambers and 102,000 industrial enterprises, employing more than two million workers and accounting for 18 per cent of the national economy.