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IORA Workshop on Gender-Responsive Government Procurement

  • Theme of Event

    Women’s Economic Empowerment

  • Venue
    Virtual Meeting
  • Date
    23 – 25 Feb 2021

Just concluded: round one of UN Women’s online training on Gender Responsive Procurement. The training aims at introducing representatives of IORA Member States to new thinking on how to empower women by including gender considerations in procurement processes across business and governments.

Gender-responsive procurement refers to the sustainable selection of services, goods or civil works that takes into consideration the impact on gender equality and women’s empowerment. A number of governments in the Indian Ocean Rim region have adopted gender-responsive and affirmative procurement policies and practices as a strategy to support women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment.


In light of the asymmetrical impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women across business and economic sectors, as well as women-led entrepreneurship, gender responsive procurement targeting women-run SMEs is a positive strategy to support women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment during the COVID-19 crisis and enable economies to build back better.


The training is being run in two groups. The first group, including representatives from Australia, Mauritius, Iran, South Africa, and the IORA Secretariat took place on 9-11 February 2021.


The second group involving other IORA Member States will take place on 23-25 February 2021. If you are interested in learning more or participating in this training, please contact


This training is provided under IORA’s collaboration with UN Women to strengthen research on women’s economic empowerment, and promote the Women’s Empowerment Principles in the region, supported through a three-year project funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). 


Read more about the UN Women project and IORA’s work on women’s economic empowerment.


For more information on this event or to get involved, please contact and follow the #IORA conversation.