Konexio Founder and CEO Jean Guo to Attend the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship's Women's Economic Empowerment Accelerator
Konexio to partner with The Miller Center to promote economic and digital inclusion for all
Globally, only 20% of the world’s 40 million+ adult refugees are employed, with refugee women experiencing unemployment levels up to 17% higher than those of men. Accordingly, the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship will bring together social sector leaders who are committed to supporting women at its Women’s Economic Empowerment Accelerator (WEE), which will be held remotely from January 26, 2022 until July of this year. Konexio’s founder and CEO Jean Guo will attend this mentorship program, seeking to strengthen Konexio’s commitment to equal opportunity for refugees and low-income women through digital skills training. Konexio’s upcoming program launch in Nairobi, in partnership with RefuSHE, as well as its current programs in Seine-Saint-Denis, in partnership with Social Builder, form the current backbone of Konexio’s women’s-specific programming.
Konexio will partner with RefuSHE to train 180 refugee women in digital freelancing
Konexio and RefuSHE will jointly launch Konexio’s Digital Inclusion Program in Nairobi, Kenya as successful applicants to the Google Impact Challenge for Women and Girls 2021! The competition received over 8000 applications from around the world, the most for any Google Impact Challenge to date. With the help of Vital Voices, Google.org selected 34 of the boldest and most innovative solutions, including Konexio’s digital freelancing program, to help create a more economically equitable world for women.
Saifoulaye was a business law student in his home country before he moved to France. Having difficulty mastering digital tools, and well-aware of their importance in a world that is becoming more and more digitalized, he decided to join the DigitAll training on a friend's recommendation. Today, Saifoulaye has achieved digital autonomy and now works at Amazon.
Refugees are talented, resilient, and motivated. Yet, they are systematically left out of livelihood opportunities due to economic, legal, and structural barriers. Despite attempts at international standard setting, 70% of refugees live in countries with restricted rights to work. 66% live in countries with restricted freedoms of movement. 47% live in countries with restricted access to bank accounts.
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