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Calling female entrepreneurs

Released at: 18:29, 18/01/2018

Calling female entrepreneurs

Photo: Ngoc Lan

Conference in Hanoi looks at greater role for women in Industry 4.0.

by Ngoc Lan

A Google initiative, the Womenwill conference was held in Hanoi on January 17 and focused on Vietnamese women’s role in the fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0), highlighting the need for female entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and seeking ways to help them expand startup activities and participate more deeply in the economy.

The conference also provided a chance for experts and female entrepreneurs to share information and experience to make women more active and confident in dealing with the challenges posed by the digital era.

Mr. Pham Duc Nghiem, Deputy Director of the National Agency for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization Development at the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), told the gathering that women often face more difficulties and barriers in work than men due to social preconceptions and responsibilities towards their family. “The proportion of women gaining access to technology is also lower than that of men,” he added. “MoST is implementing the National Project to Support an Innovative Start-up Ecosystem in Vietnam by 2025 and hopes to receive coordination from other agencies and organizations to encourage more startups by women.”

Womenwill aims to create economic opportunity for women everywhere, so that they can grow and succeed. Helping women make the most of technology to build skills, get inspired, and connect with each other through training, events and advocacy, it aims to drive conversations promoting gender equality to benefit everyone.

Women account for half of the working-age population in the world but only 37 per cent of GDP. By better utilizing the internet, female entrepreneurs can have a greater impact and create wealth for themselves and their communities.

Only 36 women hold leadership positions as legislators, senior officials, and administrators worldwide for every 100 men. Womenwill is helping to change this ratio by training women in the early stages of their careers.

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