Blerta Cela

Podcast Interview

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What would you do if your entire role, for one of the globe’s most prestigious organisations – the UN – was dedicated to supporting and encouraging gender equality?

“COVID-19 is predicted to push 47 million more women and children into poverty” – explains Blerta Cela, the Deputy Regional Director of UN Women’s Regional Office in Istanbul, Turkey and this podcast’s thought leading interviewee.

A native of Albania, Blerta brings over 20 years of experience to her work. Prior to joining UN Women Blerta was with the UNDP is New York, Bangladesh and the Ukraine. Working extensively on gender equality.

During our conversation Blerta shares how the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are making real impact with powerful practical business examples: from digital training schools to procurement policies from across Europe and Central Asia.

In addition, Blerta introduces us to the UN Women in Europe and Central Asia virtual Women’s Entrepreneurship Expo that will take place in April. Links below. Blerta wants to invite you all to join this and be a part of it. Listen in to find out more.


Women’s Empowerment Principles:

UN Women in Europe and Central Asia, including updates on the virtual Women’s Entrepreneurship Expo:

To get in touch with Blerta:

And to find out more about the Expo please contact:
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