The Women's Entrepreneurship Accelerator (WEA), a multilateral strategic initiative created by five UN agencies and Mary Kay, is today joining forces with the Commonwealth Businesswomen's Network (CBWN) to empower and support underrated entrepreneurial women from 54 Commonwealth countries.
The WEA was established to maximize the impact of female entrepreneurship on economic development and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by creating a friendly ecosystem for women that fosters economic growth, environmental protection, and resilience. In June 2021, WEA participated in the Generation Equality Forum in Paris and committed to the economic empowerment of five million women worldwide by 2030 to accelerate progress towards gender equality.
WEA recently announced the launch of a series of influential gender-based awareness-raising initiatives and forms of collaboration between the International Labor Organization (ILO), the International Trade Center (ITC), the United Nations Global Compact Initiative (UNGC), and the United Nations Development Program. (UNDP) and the United Nations Women with the strategic and financial support of Mary Kay.
"We know that multilateral partnerships and shared commitment are essential to bringing about the changes entrepreneurial women around the world from across all industries need," Deborah Gibbins, director of operations for Mary Kay, said.