Gender Equality

“ITPO Germany’s mission in gender mainstreaming: To achieve greater, more sustainable, equitable outcomes and impacts by empowering women to actively contribute to and benefit from ITPO’s services.”


UNIDO ITPO Germany pursues the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout all its activities.

Gender equality and the empowerment of women are key to UNIDO’s goal of achieving inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID), as mandated by Member States in the Lima Declaration adopted in December 2013 (GC.15/Res.1) and highlighted in SDG 9: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. UNIDO recognizes that, although industrialization can significantly contribute to poverty reduction by promoting structural change, generating employment and facilitating more efficient use of resources, its benefits have not historically been enjoyed equally by all segments of the population. Women often have limited access to secure and well-paid jobs in manufacturing industries and related service sectors, and are insufficiently represented in scientific and technical fields. This undermines the inclusiveness and sustainability of economic growth.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) also acknowledges gender equality and women empowerment as a focus area for its activities.

Recent activities of ITPO Germany with a gender equality focus include

  • Development of a UNIDO Gender Lens Investing Course (to be launched in 2021)

  • Contributing to discussions on business sector cooperation and economic development with Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation (in German)

  • Co-organizing the GMIS digital series session on “Industries post-COVID-19: Promoting gender lens investing for the global economic recovery”