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Women Entrepreneurship Platform
 Newsletter - Autumn 2019

Dear WEP members and friends,

Summer is slowly fading away in Brussels, and we are getting ready for what looks like a new year full of opportunities and projects. While the European institutions are preparing for a busy period, with the European Commission in the process of appointing new Commissioners for the next five years, the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) is resuming its activities. On our side, we will make sure to continually keep women entrepreneurship on top of their agendas, and work  to expand our networks to help and support women entrepreneurs across Europe.

Let us introduce you to this now quarterly newsletter. Our WEP newsletter provides you with an overview of our activities, news about our members and partners, and highlights on what is happening for women entrepreneurs in Europe.

Thanking once again our community for their support, we encourage you to join us on Twitter and LinkedIn to keep up with our latest updates!
Warm regards,
Grazia Rendo
WEP Chairwoman
WEP News

United Nations grants consultative status to the 
Women Entrepreneurship Platform 

This is our biggest news of the season! We are so pleased to announce that WEP has been granted consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in order to promote and work on the advancement of women entrepreneurship worldwide.  ECOSOC is the central platform to advance the three dimensions of economic, social and environmental sustainable development. Through ECOSOC and the United Nations Secretariat, WEP participates and collaborates with United Nations organisations and agencies and the UN ecosystem worldwide, on topics related to women’s issues and entrepreneurship. This includes the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), and regarding all upcoming 2020 events related to the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on Gender Equality.  

WEP reflects on female entrepreneurship with the Dutch Women’s Council at the Dutch Parliament media centre

September in The Netherlands is a time of both cooling down (in temperatures), and heating up (in activity). At the occasion of Princes' Day, every year the Dutch Women's Council holds its own 'Princesses Day' to reflect on important topics facing women in the Netherlands. On 9 September, our Secretary-General Charlene Lambert attended the event at the Dutch Parliament media centre, where the chosen subject on the agenda was female entrepreneurship. Dutch government officials were present among the audience to take part in the conference and Q&As, to make the cause go forward. Issues regarding pensions, sick leave, and social programs for women entrepreneurs were high on the agenda. 

WEP will be attending the SME Assembly 2019 

The Women Entrepreneurship Platform will be present at the EU SME Assembly 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. Taking place on 25-27th November, our Chairwoman Grazia Rendo and Secretary-General Charlene Lambert will represent women entrepreneurs in Europe. If you are attending and willing to network and meet our representatives, don't hesitate to drop us an email at 
Members and Partner News
You can find our members and partners' latest news below. 
This autumn, the Digital Leadership Institute is organising a series of events in collaboration with WEP. 
  •  Move It Forward CAIRO  8-9 October 2019 in Cairo, Egypt. In partnership with Outreach Egypt and in collaboration with AWS and WEP. 
  •  2019 European Ada Awards Ceremony  16 October 2019 at the Google Atelier Brussels, Belgium. The event recognises top girls and women in digital sectors in Europe. The event is sponsored by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation and Youth, and realised in collaboration with Women in Tech.Brussels as part of European Code Week and the Women Code Festival. More here.
  •  Move It Forward LONDON  2-3 November 2019 in London, United-Kingdom. In collaboration with Airbnb, AWS and Women’s Entrepreneurship Platform; and in celebration of Women’s Entrepreneurship Day and Global Entrepreneurship Week.
  •  Rise & Lead Summit 2019  19-20 September 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. The summit is a platform for women in leadership and companies who are actively advancing women’s roles in their respective organisations. More info here.
  •  How to Grow and Engage Your Business Audience  26 September 2019 in The Hague, Netherlands. In this networking event, economist turned expat author, blogger and entrepreneur Mariam Ottimofiore will share insights, learnings and how-to steps on building and growing an engaged audience for your business. More here.
Women's Business Initiative International is organising or collaborating with other organisations to hold a series of events this autumn, with a few coming very soon.
COPA COGECA, the organisation representing European farmers, will be holding an event in the European Parliament in mid-October. 
  •  Women’s agriculture education – A fundamental stage to ensure gender equality and generation renewal in agriculture  15 October 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. On the occasion of the celebration the International Day of Rural Women, our member COPA COGECA will be organising an event in the European Parliament from 16:30 to 18:30 in meeting room P4B001. Want to attend the event? You can register here
Our member APID has some compelling projects taking place at the moment regarding SMEs and the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Check them out below:
  •  digiTALL  The general objective of the project is to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem adaptable to the digital revolution and ready for an innovative transformation of its businesses. More specifically, it aims at the dissemination of digital techniques and technologies to support local SMEs, and the increase of digital skills in businesses owned by women. It also fosters the birth of new digitalised and digital businesses as well as promotes STEM and entrepreneurial careers among young women.
  •  Finance and investment strategies for SMEs  The objective of the project is to guarantee an excellent level of financial and investment skills to women entrepreneurs. The expected results are linked to the greater financial and investment awareness of the women entrepreneurs involved. Indeed, the aim is better understand the services and financial products, anticipate the financial choices and needs of the company, as well as better manage personal and company financial activities.  
Looking for extra information? Check APID's website here.
Like-minded Organisations

The Brussels Binder went beyond with an international workshop to foster the creation of women expert databases

This July, more than 65 women representing 16 European countries travelled to Brussels for the 2-day Brussels Binder Beyond Workshop which aimed at building a community of women expert databases, like-minded organisations and think-tanks and to foster a solution-focused environment to fix the systemic under-representation of women in media and public debates. Check out the hashtag #BBBeyond workshop video below to discover this new community of women experts. More here.

UN Women launched a webinar on parental leave

In case you missed it, the recording of the webinar “Parental Leave: Smart Companies Taking a Stand” co-organised by UN Women can be found here. Panellists from Capacent Iceland, Schneider Electric, and Parentsmart Employers provided concrete examples of actions and recommendations for parental leave related policies and initiatives. 
What's happening in the EU

Members of the EU Parliament FEMM Committee met European Commission Director General for Justice and Consumers

On 4 September, members held an exchange of views with Ms Tiina Astola, European Commission Director General for Justice and Consumers, concerning the state of play of the main pending file in the area of gender equality. It was an excellent occasion to explore the situation as well as future perspectives of proposals like "Women on Boards", the EU accession to the Istanbul Convention on violence against women, work-life balance and others.

Next meetings of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality:

  • Monday 23 September 2019, 15.00 - 18.30 in ASP 3E2 (Altiero Spinelli), Brussels
  • Monday 30 September 2019, 15.00 - 18.30 and Tuesday 1 October 2019, 09.00 - 12.30, 15.00-18.30

EU Events

 Women & Money Event - Wealth Management 
19 September 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.
Organised by PWI Brussels,  this event is for you if you're curious to learn how best to approach wealth management and how to do it in a holistic manner.  More info here.

 Trade for Her - Empowering Women through International Trade 
30 September 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.
Hosted by former to-be EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, the conference will look into the results of the first ever study on barriers for women in the European Union who are engaged in international trade. The event aims at finding out how to achieve greater involvement of women in international trade in the EU and beyond. More info here.

 Freja Forum - Democracy, Equal Opportunities and a Fair Digital Society 
8-10 November 2019 in Skopje, North Macedonia.
The 13th Freja Forum will be  the opportunity to discuss equal opportunities, democracy and a fair digital future for three days. The Freja Forum will offer a large number of seminars, workshops and informal meetings. More info about the forum here.

 European Women in Technology 
26-27 November 2019 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
This event let you be inspired by the ecosystem's most influential women in technology, network with like-minded female founders, liaise with top European tech companies and enhance your skills portfolio in a passion-charged atmosphere. Don't miss out. Join the movement. #WinTechSeries. 
More info here.
Your Autumn Reads

Europe, We Have A Problem! 8 Facts About Female Entrepreneurs In The Digital Age
FORBES. "Europe needs and wants more entrepreneurs, more innovation, more growth, more digital, more women leaders and founders. Among the various initiatives aimed at correcting this is the EU project titled "Peer-learning activities in entrepreneurship education and women entrepreneurship". Read the rest of the article here.

Meet the women breaking down the investment gender gap by supporting other women 
THE TELEGRAPH. When Maria Scott, founder of TAINA, a company providing automated technology platforms to financial institutions, was starting her business, she found that the pool of interested investors – largely male – had some rather outdated views on female entrepreneurs. Read the rest of the article here.

New ‘Ms. Monopoly’ game which sees women earn more than men coming to Belgium
THE BRUSSELS TIME. A new version of Monopoly, unveiled on Tuesday, aims to celebrate women by giving them more money than men and replacing the traditional mascot with his niece, an investor. Unlike her uncle, a top-hat wearing real estate tycoon eager for new properties, “Ms. Monopoly” aims to invest in women entrepreneurs and inventors. 
Read the rest of the article here.

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