Training Equitably: Gender-Sensitive Approaches to Supporting Women in Business

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There have been significant advancements on gender equality in the world of work. However, the gender gaps across the world of work persist: while women’s intentions to start a business are similar to that of men, women’s actual entrepreneurial activity is only ¾ of that of men; women make up only 1/3 of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); and, despite accounting for 48% of entry-level hires, women account for only 38% of first-level managers.

Despite the persistent gender gaps and gender-based barriers, women are able to start and manage successful enterprises, enter the STEM field, and become leaders, contributing to their own success, as well as to economic growth the wellbeing of their families and communities.

Over the past two decades, the ILO has developed and tested tools and approaches to provide more gender-responsive support to women and men and compiled lessons learned and best practices. Some of these tools and approaches include:
  • Gender and Entrepreneurship Together (GET Ahead): a gender-sensitive entrepreneurship training programme developed by the ILO’s Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Programme in 2004 that aims to build women’s business management capacity and soft skills.
  • In Business: a programme dedicated to building the soft-skills of workers in the STEM field that has resonated with women workers and has been implemented at scale win Philippines and Thailand and was developed by the ILO’s Women in STEM project.
  • MALKIA: a training developed for women in middle-management positions developed by the International Training Centre (ICT) of the ILO and the Bureau for Employer’s Activities of the ILO (ACT/EMP) to tackle the under-representation of women in leadership positions. Objectives

We invite you to a session where we will share lessons learned from almost a decade of designing and implementing gender sensitive approaches and trainings that empower women engaging in the world of work as entrepreneurs, workers, and managers.