Empowering Women in the Informal Economy: A Global Call to Action

As we anticipate the International Women’s Day Conference scheduled from March 4th to 8th, 2024, the Informal Economy Development Forum is honored to serve as a global leader and partner in advancing the cause of Women in the Informal Economy. In collaboration with the Global Women’s Development Network, we are proud to support an agenda that is both empowering and transformative.

Conference Focus: Breaking Barriers, Technology, Climate Justice, Leadership, and Inclusivity

The conference will be a platform for insightful discussions and impactful actions, centering around key themes:

Breaking Barriers: Addressing the challenges that women face in the informal economy and seeking innovative solutions to overcome these obstacles.

Technology and Innovations: Exploring how technology can be harnessed to create new opportunities, enhance skills, and improve access to resources for women in the informal sector.

Climate Justice: Recognizing the role of women in the informal economy as stewards of the environment and advocating for sustainable practices that contribute to climate justice.

Leadership and Political Participation: Empowering women to take on leadership roles and actively participate in decision-making processes at all levels.

Inclusivity: Ensuring that the informal economy becomes a space where diversity is not only acknowledged but celebrated, fostering an environment of inclusivity.

Message from Chantal Maxim, Global Director of Business Development:

As we embark on this significant journey towards empowering women in the informal economy, let us remember the words of Maya Angelou: “Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” Chantal Maxim, our esteemed Global Director of Business Development, shares a message of encouragement:

*”Dear Members of the Informal Economy Development Forum,

In the pursuit of gender equality, we must recognize the pivotal role that women play in the informal economy. Their resilience, innovation, and contributions often go unrecognized. This International Women’s Day Conference is a momentous occasion to celebrate their achievements, address the challenges they face, and collectively work towards a more inclusive and equitable future.

Let us seize this opportunity to break barriers, embrace technology, champion climate justice, promote leadership, and foster inclusivity. Together, we can create a world where every woman in the informal economy is not only empowered but also celebrated for her invaluable contributions.

I look forward to your active participation and the positive impact we can make together.

Warm regards,

Chantal Maxim

Global Director of Business Development

Informal Economy Development Forum”*

We invite each of you to actively engage in the conference and contribute to the collective efforts in creating a more inclusive and equitable future for women in the informal economy