On 27 March, over 200 participants from government, civil society, the private sector and international bodies gathered in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi to participate in a four-day conference on ‘Women’s Role in Economic Growth and Policy Development’.
The event is part of Women Empowerment Week in Georgia, and is supported by the EU4Business initiative and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as well as other international donors and local partners.
The conference serves as a unique opportunity for participants to learn and be inspired by successful female leaders, with a wide range of panels, presentations, side events and networking opportunities.
The event focuses on the topic of women in government, civil society and business. It will also host a training session on social media marketing, an exhibition of female entrepreneurs and an award ceremony for women in leadership. Other topics during the event will cover women and innovation, access to finance and the role of women in energy, transport and logistics.
The EU supports female entrepreneurs in Georgia through the EBRD’s Women in Business programme, funded by the EU as part of its EU4Business initiative. Under the programme, the EBRD provides access to finance through credit lines to local banks dedicated to women-led SMEs, alongside business advice to help businesses become more competitive. The programme also offers training, mentoring and other support to enable female entrepreneurs to share experiences and learn from each other as peers.