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About Women in Digital Business

Women in Digital business was established by the International Training Center of the International Labor Organization (ITCILO) and Microsoft Philanthropies to bridge the digital divide for women entrepreneurs in the developing world. WIDB works to provide women entrepreneurs with training and coaching opportunities to build their digital skills and leverage them to grow their business.

Women Entrepreneurs and Digital Skills

Around the world, one in five women have the intention to start a business – and many are successful entrepreneurs.

Although many women run successful enterprises, persistent gendered inequalities create major disparities in opportunities to start and grow a business.

In fact, women are less likely to own a business than men and, when they do, they tend to have smaller, less formal, and less profitable enterprises.

With the rise of the digital economy, women have new opportunities to start and grow a business, but still face many challenges. In low-income countries especially, female small business owners lack the skills to develop a digital transformation strategy and implement it. They need support services that help them to compare options, make the appropriate choices, align investments, implement their digitalization strategy, train workers and ensure durability.

In this context, equipping women entrepreneurs with digital skills is essential to the growth of their business

The Women in Digital Business Initiative

We realized that there are very few digital skills programs for women entrepreneurs in the developing world.

On the one hand, you can find many training courses on digital business skills on commercial platforms: these are usually for people from higher middle and high-income countries, with a certain level of education and digital literacy.

On the other, management programs for women entrepreneurs in developing countries rarely focus on digitalization and. Even when they do, they struggle to reach the scale of commercial programs and do not offer a common methodology.

The ITCILO and Microsoft have decided to take on this challenge: Women in Digital Business offers training programs in digital skills to women entrepreneurs who are looking to digitalize their business. WIDB uses a Training of Trainers approach: we train partners all over the world in using our platform and methodologies, so that they can, in turn, offer WIDB training to women entrepreneurs. This allows us to expand our reach to even the most remote communities.

Learn More about our Training Programs

Who is it for

Women in Digital Business is available for business management trainers and women entrepreneurs.

Trainers

Our success depends on the strength of the trainers who join our network.

That is why we are looking for Lead Trainers who want to get involved, and deliver WIDB's training programs to women entrepreneurs. Our Lead Trainers should:

  • Have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the field of micro and small enterprise development;
  • Be able to prove their experience in delivering business training and coaching to women entrepreneurs;
  • Be experienced in adult education and participatory training methods;
  • Have a strong interest to provide training on digitalization to small entrepreneurs
  • Have advanced digital literacy
  • Be proficient in English, Spanish or French
  • Be willing to train at least 5 other trainers and 30 women entrepreneurs.

To join the network, Lead Trainers have to complete a competitive selection process, and participate in a 2-day online training of Lead Trainers.

Interested? Look out for our Calls for Lead Trainers or learn more about our training programs

View Opportunities

Women Entrepreneurs

We designed WIDB for women entrepreneurs who:

  • Own or manage a formally or informally established enterprise with 0 to 20 employees
  • Have been in business for more than 6 months
  • Want to enhance the use of digital tools in their business
  • Can dedicate at least 25 hours to training
  • Can read and write in the language of training and make basic calculations
  • Have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Interested? Find a WIDB-certified trainer in your area or learn more about our training programs

View Opportunities

Countries

Women in Digital Business is a global initiative: the core program is offered in English, French, and Spanish, and we encourage Lead Trainers to localize the contents to their local languages.

As of today, these countries have joined the WIDB network:

countries

Results

We are currently in the design phase of Women in Digital Business – as we move into implementation, we will post here some of our results.

Partners

Women in digital business is an initiative by the International Training Center of the ILO and Microsoft Philanthropies.

About the International Training Center of the ILO (ITCILO)

The ITCILO is a leading global provider of learning and training based in Turin, Italy. As part of the International Labor Organization, it is dedicated to achieving decent work while exploring the frontiers of the future of work. For Women in Digital Business, ITCILO is partnering with the Women's Entrepreneurship Development Program of the International Labor Organization (ILO-WED). Since 2008 ILO-WED seeks to redress existing gender imbalances in enterprise development by working with partners to ensure enterprise initiatives consider gender dynamics and inequalities in their formulation and roll-out. The program has supported, over the years, the development and roll-out of a series of tested training tools, global trainer networks, and learnings on what works in enterprise development for women entrepreneurs.

To learn more about the ITCILO, visit itcilo.org

For more information about ILO-WED, go to ilo.org/wed

About Microsoft Philanthropies

Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft is working with international and development organizations and non-profits to ensure people have the skills, knowledge, and opportunity they need to succeed in the digital economy. This is done through initiatives that provide inclusive, equitable access to skills, certifications and credentials required for in-demand technical and tech-enabled jobs creating pathways to employment and livelihood opportunities.

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about women entrepreneurs going digital

Women Entrepreneurs Going Digital was created by the International Training Center of the International Labor Organization (ITCIT) and Microsoft Philanthropies to bridge the digital divide for women entrepreneurs in developing countries. Femmes Entrepreneurs vers le Numérique (FEN) strives to provide women entrepreneurs with training and support opportunities in order to strengthen their digital skills and take advantage of them to develop their business.

WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AND DIGITAL SKILLS

Worldwide, one in five women intend to start a business – and many of them are successful entrepreneurs.

Although many women run successful businesses, persistent gender inequalities create major disparities in opportunities to start and grow a business.

In fact, women are less likely to own a business than men, and when they do, they tend to have smaller, less formal, and less profitable businesses.

With the rise of the digital economy, women have new opportunities to start and grow a business, but they still face many challenges. Particularly in low-income countries, women small business owners lack the skills to develop and implement a digital transformation strategy. They need support services that help them compare options, make appropriate choices, align investments, implement their digitalization strategy, train workers and ensure sustainability.

In this context, equipping women entrepreneurs with digital skills is essential for the growth of their businesses.

the women entrepreneurs initiative towards digital

We realized that there are very few digital skills programs for women entrepreneurs in developing countries.

On the one hand, you can find many digital skills training courses on commercial platforms: they are usually aimed at people from upper-middle and high-income countries, with a certain level of education and digital literacy.

On the other hand, management programs for women entrepreneurs in developing countries rarely focus on digitalization and digital skills. Even when they do, they struggle to reach the scale of commercial programs and do not offer a common methodology.

CIFOIT and Microsoft have decided to take on this challenge: Femmes Entrepreneurs vers le Numérique offers digital skills training programs to women entrepreneurs looking to digitize their businesses. FEN uses a train-the-trainer approach: we train partners around the world to use our platform and methodologies, so that they can, in turn, deliver FEN training to women entrepreneurs. This allows us to extend our reach to even the most remote communities.

Learn more about our training programs

WHO ARE WE ADDRESSING?

Femmes Entrepreneurs vers Numérique is available for business management trainers and women entrepreneurs.

trainers

Our success depends on the strength of the trainers who join our network.

This is why we are looking for lead trainers who want to get involved and offer FEN's training programs to women entrepreneurs. Our lead trainers must:

  • Have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the field of micro and small business development;
  • Be able to demonstrate their experience in training and supporting women entrepreneurs;
  • Have experience in adult education and participatory training methods;
  • Have a strong interest in small business digitalization training
  • Possess an advanced digital culture
  • Master English, Spanish or French
  • Be willing to train at least 5 other trainers and 30 women entrepreneurs.

To join the network, Master Trainers must complete a competitive selection process and participate in a two-day online Master Trainer Training course.

Interested? Check out our calls for applications for lead trainers or find out about our training programs

See the opportunities

WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

We designed FEN for women entrepreneurs who:

  • Own or manage a formally or informally established business with 0 to 20 employees
  • Have been in business for more than 6 months
  • Want to improve the use of digital tools in their business
  • Can devote at least 25 hours to training
  • Can read and write in the language of training and perform basic calculations
  • Have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone

Interested? Find a certified FEN trainer in your area or discover our training programs.

See the opportunities

Country

Women Entrepreneurs Going Digital is a global initiative: the core curriculum is offered in English, French and Spanish, and we encourage Lead Trainers to localize content into their local languages.

To date, these countries have joined the FEN network:

countries

 

RESULTS

We are currently in the design phase of Women Entrepreneurs Going Digital – as we move towards implementation, we will publish some of our results here.

PARTNERS

Women Entrepreneurs Going Digital is an initiative of the ILO International Training Center and Microsoft Philanthropies.

ABOUT THE ILO INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CENTER (CIFOit)

CIFOIT is a leading player in learning and training, based in Turin, Italy. Part of the International Labor Organization, it is dedicated to achieving decent work while exploring the frontiers of the future of work. For Women Entrepreneurs going Digital, CIFO is partnering with the International Labor Organization's Women's Entrepreneurship Development Program (ILO-WED). Since 2008, ILO-WED has sought to address existing gender imbalances in business development by working with partners to ensure that business initiatives take into account gender dynamics and inequalities in their formulation and their implementation. The program has supported, over the years, the development and deployment of a series of tested training tools, global networks of trainers and teachings on what works in business development for women entrepreneurs .

To learn more about CIFOIT, visit itcilo.org

To learn more about ILO-WED, visit ilo.org/wed .

ABOUT MICROSOFT PHILANTHROPIES

Microsoft's mission is to enable every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft works with international organizations, development organizations and nonprofits to ensure people have the skills, knowledge and opportunities they need to succeed in the digital economy. This is done through initiatives that provide inclusive and equitable access to the skills, certifications and credentials required for in-demand technical and technology jobs, creating pathways to employment and livelihoods.{ mlang}

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SOBRE MUJERES EMPRENDEDORAS HACIA LA DIGITALIZACIÓN

The Women's Entrepreneurs program was created by the International Training Center for International Labor Organization (CIIF-ILO) and Microsoft Philanthropies to reduce the digital gap that affects women's entrepreneurs in developing countries. The MED program offers women entrepreneurs training and training opportunities to develop their digital skills and learn how to build their business.

women are entrepreneurs and digital competency

In all the world, one of every five women has the intention of creating a business, and many of her existing businesses.

Aunque many women directed by business of interest, the persistent desigualdades of genero create great discrepancies in the opportunities to initiate and have to create a negotiation.

Therefore, it is less likely that women own a business that men and women, when they do, tend to have smaller, less formal and less profitable businesses.

With the rise of the digital economy, women have new opportunities to create and launch a business, but they do not violate much of their rights. Especially in low income countries, small business owners lack the necessary skills to develop a digital transformation strategy and put it into practice. Requires supporting services to help you compare options, to make appropriate decisions, to align reversals, to apply your digitalization strategy, to train workers and to guarantee sustainability.

In this context, providing digital skills is essential for the growth of your negotiation

Aunque many women directed to business of interest, the persistent desigualdades of genero create great discrepancies in the opportunities to initiate and have to create a negotiation.

Therefore, it is less likely that women own a business that men and women, when they do, tend to have smaller, less formal and less profitable businesses.

With the rise of the digital economy, women have new opportunities to create and launch a business, but they do not violate much of their rights. Especially in low income countries, small business owners lack the necessary skills to develop a digital transformation strategy and put it into practice. Requires supporting services to help you compare options, to make appropriate decisions, to align reversals, to apply your digitalization strategy, to train workers and to guarantee sustainability.

In this context, providing digital skills is essential for the growth of your negotiation.

THE INITIATIVE OF MUJERES EMPRENDEDORAS HACIA LA DIGITALIZACIÓN

Our stories tell us that there are many digital skills programs for women to start in the world.

For a child, you can encounter many training courses with digital business skills in commercial platforms: they are directed to high and high income earners, with a certain level of digital education and alphabetization.

Therefore, the management programs for women business owners are rare and are focused on digitalization and. Including all operations, you can access the scale of commercial programs and do not offer a common methodology.

El CIFOIT and Microsoft decided to face this return: Women who have started digitalization offer training programs in digital skills to women entrepreneurs who can digitalize their negotiation. MED uses a training course for trainers: we train all socios of the world using our new platforms and methods, so that we can, therefore, offer MED training to women entrepreneurs. This is our permission to extend our position inclusively to the most remote communities.

MORE INFORMATION ON NEW TRAINING PROGRAMS

A QUIÉN GOES DIRECTED

Women Employers have digitalization available for trainers and trainers in business management and women entrepreneurs.

trainers

Nuestro exito depends on the strength of the trainers that they have in our red.

We are also interested in Principal Trainees who want to participate in MED training programs for women entrepreneurs. Nuestros Formadores Principales deben:

  • Have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the field of micro and small business;
  • Be able to demonstrate your experience in providing business training and coaching to women entrepreneurs;
  • Maintain experience in adult education and participatory training methods;
  • Have great interest in imparting digital training to women entrepreneurs;
  • Maintain advanced digital skills;
  • Dominate inglés, el español o el francés;
  • We have arranged to train men with other 5 trainers and 30 women who have been hired;

To join the team, Principal Trainers must complete a competitive selection process and participate in a 2-day training course for Principal Trainers.

What is interesting? Please note that we are attending new meetings of Principal Trainers or are informed of our new training programs.

See the opportunities

women emprendedoras

Hems designed by MED for women who:

  • Position to manage a company established formally or informally with 0 to 20 employees
  • Last more than 6 months in the negotiation
  • No longer have the power to use digital transmissions in your negotiation
  • You can dedicate less than 25 hours to the training
  • Learn to write in the language of training and perform basic calculations
  • You can access a computer, tablet or smartphone

What is interesting? Contact a certified MED trainer in your area to obtain more information on our new training programs.

Ver Opportunidades

PAÍSES

We have started digitalization as a global initiative: the basic program is offered in English, French and Spanish, and we have the main formats to localize the content in our local languages.

Today, these countries are united with the red MED:

countries

RESULTS

Currently we are meeting in the design phase of the program Women are ready to do digitalization - as we advance in the implementation, we publish some of our new results.

socios

We have started digitalization as an initiative of the International Training Center of the ILO and Microsoft Philanthropies.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL TRAINING CENTER OF THE ILO (CITIF)

El CIFOIT is a world-leading learning and training provider in Turin, Italy. As part of the International Labor Organization, we dedicated ourselves to log decent work while exploring the frontiers of the future of work. For women entrepreneurs to digitalize, CIFOIT collaborates with the Women's Business Initiative Program of the International Labor Organization (OIT-WED). Since 2008, the OIT-WED has tried to correct the existing imbalances in the business sector with socios to guarantee that the business initiatives are based on the dynamics and desigualdades of the generation in its formulation and can be implemented. The program has been completed, a long time ago, and I started and started a series of professional training programs, world standards for trainers and apprentices where I started business for women entrepreneurs.

For more information about the ITCILO, visit itcilo.org

For more information on ILO-WED, visit ilo.org/wed

ACERCA BY MICROSOFT PHILANTHROPIES

Microsoft's mission is to enable all people and organizations of the planet to log more. Microsoft works with international and development organizations and with organizations without profit to guarantee that people have the skills, knowledge and opportunities they need to exist in the digital economy. This is through initiatives that provide inclusive and equitable access to the skills, certifications and credentials necessary for most requested technical and technological jobs, creando vías para el empleo y medios de vida.

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