The objectives of the initiative are to:
recognize women implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including women business owners of microenterprises;
increase knowledge about the SDGs and their potential impacts on women among non-traditional audiences; and
collaborate with private sector partners on all SDGs, but SDG5 in particular; to share best practices and innovative ideas.
Winners will receive leadership training, mentoring and will be flown to Washington DC, for an event at the World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings in April 2020, where they will showcase their achievements.
Be a woman owner of a business that has been in operation for at least 3 years
Own a micro-enterprise, with at least 1 and no more than 9 employees
Have loan eligibility of under USD $10,000 or annual sales of under USD $100,000
Own a small-enterprise, with at least 10 and no more than 49 employees
Have loan eligibility of under USD $100,000 or annual sales of under USD $3,000,000