How Can Digital Technology Support Gender Equality in the MENA Region?

Applying an analytical lens to structural barriers and exploring possible solutions towards an inclusive digital economy in the MENA region

Tackling gender inequality is an intricate and lengthy process, but digital technology can help fast-track progress. Digital transformation gives women the possibility to access finance, integrate into national and even regional and global value chains, as well as access knowledge. Although bridging the digital gender divide cannot solve all the challenges that women in the MENA region face, it carries significant potential towards gender equality.

  • How can policy and regulation best optimize incentives for market players to innovate, compete and invest along gender-sensitive technologies in the MENA?
  • What is the role of ICTs in facilitating women integration in value chains?
  • What partnerships have proven effective in engaging women both as consumers and producers of digital technologies?

Organised by


Monica Carco
O-i-C, Agri-Business Development, Rural Entrepreneurship, Job Creation and Human Security Division
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
Houda Ghozzi
Professor, Founder Open Startup Tunisia
Open Start up Tunisia
Susan Kaaria
Senior Gender officer
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Liat Shentser
Director Systems Engineering Sales
Yllka Gerdovci Cancel
Policy and Programme Specialist on Women's Economic Empowerment
UN Women Regional Office for Arab States