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Virtual Café for Women Entrepreneurs in the Indian Ocean

  • Theme of Event

    Women’s Economic Empowerment

  • Venue
    Virtual Meeting
  • Date
    20 – 20 Apr 2021

IORA is partnering with UN Women on a Virtual Café for women entrepreneurs to network, share lessons on managing through the pandemic, and recommend ways to further empower women looking to do business in the Indian Ocean.

On 20 April UN Women will host a closed (non-public) Virtual Café meeting.


This innovative virtual meeting will be hosted by UN Women on 20 April for a closed (invitation only) group of participants.  Women entrepreneurs and women leading businesses are the primary audience.  The meet will also be attended by delegates of the Indian Ocean Rim Business Forum (IORBF) and Working Group for Women’s Economic Empowerment (WGWEE).


The objective of the virtual café will be to better understand the issues women entrepreneurs and women-owned SMEs are currently facing in the Indian Ocean Rim region, particularly in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic, and discuss ways to support them. The virtual café will also serve as a networking opportunity for the participants to build support amongst women entrepreneurs as well as public-private national and sub-regional partnerships and networks.


The results of the virtual café will be shared in a subsequent public webinar to disseminate the recommendations and lessons learned to a wider IORA audience. A one-pager of the main recommendations from the event will also be produced for the IORA website and for further dissemination.


If you are a women entrepreneur in an IORA Member State and wish to be involved, there are limited places.  Contact us to find out if you can be accommodated in the Virtual Café, and register now for the webinar on 29 April.


This event is part of IORA’s partnership with UN Women supported by the Government of Australia.  Read more here.


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