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The World Bank is inviting women micro-entrepreneurs from all over the world to take part in the 2019 SDGs & Her competition, an online competition for women entrepreneurs of micro enterprises to showcase how they are supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their business operations.

The competition aims to:

  • Recognize women implementing the SDGs, including women business owners of microenterprises;
  • Increase knowledge about the SDGs and their potential impact on women among non-traditional audiences; and
  • Collaborate with private sector partners on all SDGs, but SDG5 in particular (achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) and to share best practices and innovative ideas.


Winners will be recognized in April 2019 at an event on the margins of the 2019 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings in Washington D.C. The stories of the winning women entrepreneur (and many other notable entries) will be shared through partners’ social media and websites.


Applicants must be women who own and/or lead microenterprises, ie enterprises with 1 to 9 employees, which are below US$10,000 loan eligibility, or that have an annual sales of below US$100,000. Applicants have to describe their work and link their initiative/product to 1 or more SDGs.


Applications are to be done online by 31 December 2018.

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