Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway opened Innovation Norway’s seminar at the International Women’s Day event in New York yesterday. Financial exclusion affects women worldwide which causes fewer women to save, borrow and invest money, or start their own business. This was the theme of this year’s seminar in New York.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit had the honour of holding the opening speech during the event on the International Women’s Day. The Crown Princess opened her speech by saying, “Today we have gathered global champions for change: entrepreneurs, innovators, activists, investors, decision-makers, politicians and leaders of different kinds. We have brought together people who want to achieve gender equality and a more sustainable world by 2030.”
“Men have traditionally dominated the tech startup scene. Recently, this industry, like many others, has faced tough questions. People are not only objecting to offensive behaviour – like the MeToo movement – but also questioning traditions, values and the status quo. I believe we should take this opportunity and turn it into real changes for women.”
The Crown Princess continued: “I am incredibly grateful to have grown up in Norway – one of the most gender-equal countries in the world. Still, women also in my country are under-represented in several industries – also as entrepreneurs. However, over the last ten years, the proportion of female entrepreneurs in Norway has risen to about 30 percent. What is the reason behind this change?”
After the opening speech by Her Royal Highness, the discussion continued. The theme of the conference was how can you put in place technology and forms of funding that can help increase women’s participation as innovative entrepreneurs.
The goal was to find out how new technologies can help ensure financial inclusion and economic independence for women and how we can get more investors to invest in female entrepreneurs. The event is the most significant meeting place for entrepreneurs in New York on International Women’s Day.