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UN Women

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. It sets global standards for achieving gender equality and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programs and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented.

UN Women will promote the Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator as part of the agency’s economic empowerment mandate. It will also co-develop content for the digital curriculum focused on early-stage entrepreneurship through its WeLearn platform.


International Trade Centre (ITC)

ITC is a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the UN. In developing and transition economies, it supports small and medium-sized enterprises to become more competitive and connect to international markets for trade and investment with a goal of raising incomes and creating job opportunities worldwide.

ITC’s SheTrades initiative provides women entrepreneurs with free online courses, participation in face-to-face workshops, engagement through live webinars on a range of topics and a greater understanding of their markets. SheTrades will provide curriculum content in six languages.

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UN Global Compact (UNGC)

UNGC is a corporate sustainability initiative through which businesses can voluntarily commit to collaboration and innovation aimed at advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. It also represents a commitment to ten principles of human and labor rights, environmental protection and anti-corruption guidelines drawn from UN declarations.

UN Global Compact will unlock a network of sustainability-minded corporates in 160+ countries through its Target Gender Equality initiative. The program will promote the business case for women’s representation and leadership, and encourage corporate procurement from women-owned businesses.


International Labour Organization (ILO)

ILO promotes social justice, human and labor rights by bringing together governments, employers and workers representatives from member states to set labor standards, develop policies and devise programs promoting decent work for all people.

ILO will use its Women’s Entrepreneurship Development assessment methodology to identify gender-based inequality gaps that prevent women from starting their own businesses. The agency will make recommendations for governments and corporates on how to eliminate barriers to achievement.

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United Nations Development Program (UNDP)

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

UNDP and Mary Kay China, together with government of all levels and NGO are collaborating on the “SDG Village Project,” a sustainable eco-tourism initiative in the Yunnan province for women empowerment and culture preservation in the Waipula Village.

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UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP)

The United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) serves as a global gateway for catalyzing and building multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNOP provides a platform for effective partner engagement and works to leverage the assets and expertise of a broad range of partners in furtherance of the SDGs.

UNOP will drive advocacy efforts among member states and engage diplomatic influencers in support of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Accelerator program.

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Mary Kay

Mary Kay Inc., a leading advocate of women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, is a multibillion-dollar beauty company with millions of independent sales force members in nearly 40 countries. Mary Kay has empowered women through entrepreneurship for more than 56 years.

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