COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, devastating impacts on the lives, livelihoods and learning of millions of people, particularly the most vulnerable. While efforts have rightly focused on mitigating the immediate impacts, we need to start thinking about efforts to recover and rebuild, because action taken now will have long-lasting effects on people's well-being and resilience.
The pandemic has exacerbated deep inequalities and fragilities in the current system that have always been there. We as a community have the opportunity and the responsibility to act now to build a better future.
The Business Fights Poverty Virtual Summit Series builds on the success and experience of our recent online conferences, Business Fights Poverty Online 2020 and Business Fights Poverty NYC 2020, to dig deeper into a specific issue over the course of a day.
In partnership with CDC Group, The 2X Challenge, UN Women and CARE International, the next Business Fights Poverty Virtual Summit on 3 December will focus on gender.
Timed to coincide with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, the first of three webinars will focus on the actions companies can take in response to the increase in gender-based violence witnessed during the COVID pandemic, including in the workplace; and consider the role of new international regulation in the form of the ILO’s Violence and Harassment Convention (C190).
Hosted in partnership with UN Women, we will then hold a session on strengthening women’s economic empowerment, which will give you the chance to hear the voices of women entrepreneurs and learn about how you can get involved in UN Women initiatives to support gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in Europe and Central Asia.
A third webinar will focus on gender-lens investing. Despite the ever increasing business case for improved gender equality and diversity in the workplace, COVID-19 has set back progress, with widening gender pay gaps, job loss and increasing caring responsibilities for women. The case for gender-lens investing is therefore even more urgent. We will explore current thinking on the latest tools from CDC Group and 2X Challenge. Experts will share practical advice for investors and businesses.
Participants will come away with fresh insights, new peer relationships and the opportunity to engage in collaborative action.
1.00 - 1.30 PM GMT
Welcome by Zahid and Yvette Torres-Rahman, Founders, Business Fights Poverty
Followed by a Fireside Chat with Nick O'Donohoe, CEO, CDC Group
1.30 - 2.30 PM GMT
What is business’ role in responding to the surge in gender-based violence during the pandemic?
Hosted with CDC Group and CARE International UK
Timed to coincide with the annual 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, the first of two live webinars will focus on the actions companies can take to tackle increased GBV witnessed during the COVID pandemic, including in the workplace and support the implementation of the ILO’s Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (C190). This session will explore how investors and businesses can tackle GBV in the workplace, directly through their own actions across their core business, and indirectly through their policy advocacy.
Join this session to:
Deepen your understanding of the latest policy developments, including the ILO’s Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (C190) and the Generation Equality Action Coalition on GBV, to help shape your business response and advocacy messaging.
Learn about the latest tools to tackle GBV in the workplace, from CDC, CARE, Business Fights Poverty and others
Natalie Deacon, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, President, Avon Foundation for Women
Nomsa Fulbrook-Kagwe, ESG Impact Executive, CDC Group
Joe Sutcliffe, Senior Adviser, Dignified Work, Care International
Lindsey Block, Head of Partnerships and Capacity Building, Primark
Zahid Torres-Rahman, Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)
2.30 - 3.30 PM GMT
Women's Entrepreneurship Showcase
Hosted with UN Women
An opportunity to hear the voices of women entrepreneurs and learn about how you can get involved in a UN Women initiative to support gender equality and women’s empowerment in Europe and Central Asia.
Moderated by Blerta Cela, Deputy Regional Director, Europe and Central Asia, UN Women
3.30 - 4.30 PM GMT
What is the case for gender-lens investing, and how to do it?
Hosted with CDC Group and The 2X Challenge
Despite the ever increasing business case for improved gender equality and diversity in the workplace, COVID-19 has set back progress, with widening gender pay gaps, job loss and increasing caring responsibilities for women. The case for gender-lens investing is therefore even more urgent. We will explore current thinking on the latest tools from CDC Group and 2X Challenge. Experts will share practical advice for investors and other businesses.
Join this session to:
Hear about the latest thinking on the case for gender-lens investing.
Learn about the latest tools from CDC Group and the 2X Challenge
Deepen your understanding of what role investors and other businesses can play, and get practical advice on how to overcome challenges.
Jen Braswell, Director, Value Creation and Gender Finance, CDC Group
Stephanie Doig, Compliance Director, Miro Forestry
Jessica Espinoza, Global Gender Finance Lead, DEG and Chair, 2X Challenge
Tokunboh Ishmael, Managing Partner, Alithiea Capital
Anne-Marie Lévesque, Head of Gender and Impact, FinDev Canada
Katie Hyson, Director, Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)
4.30 - 5.30 PM GMT
BREAKOUT DISCUSSIONS (PLACES LIMITED)
An opportunity for peer discussion and networking. To ensure an interactive discussion, places are limited and available on first-come-first-serve basis.
Moderated by Yvette Torres-Rahman, CFO, Business Fights Poverty
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We are a global community of purpose-driven people and organisations passionate about building an equitable and resilient future. We believe in the power of business to tackle systemic challenges and create social impact for people and planet.
Through purposeful collaboration, we work to help improve the lives, livelihoods and learning opportunities for the most vulnerable people and communities. We are all interconnected and any system-level change will require us to unite across traditional divides, and come together in fresh and creative ways.
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