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Over the last fortnight we have focused on gender and equality. Catch up on the highlights of our Gender Summit that took place on 3rd December, and find out what businesses are doing to support women through gender-lens investing, tackling gender-based violence, and women’s economic empowerment.
At the beginning of December, we held the second in our series of online Virtual Summits - this time, with a focus on gender. Hosted in partnership with CDC, the 2X Challenge, UN Women and CARE International, the Gender Summit included live events, peer networking, and a wealth of online learning resources, from seminars to toolkits, reports, and case studies.
The conversations underlined not only the severe challenges that women and girls face, but also their resilience, creativity and untapped potential. Here are some highlights:
Amongst many free resources linked to the Gender Summit, we have published twenty-minute seminar videos full of practical advice:
We are extremely grateful to everyone who participated in making the event such a thought-provoking and inspiring day.
To accompany the Gender Summit, we published several articles that show some of the ways that business can support women’s economic empowerment:
Of course, full inclusion of all women in the economy and society cannot be achieved unless we pay attention to the way that gender inequality intersects with other types of discrimination. In ‘Seeing Purple!’ David Grayson CBE, Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield School of Management calls for a joined up and proactive approach to involving people with disabilities in the achievement of the SDGs. His article highlights the work of organisations like Purple and Leonard Cheshire, who are championing ways to better include people with disabilities in education and work.
Last but not least, our Spotlight Podcast has also been buzzing with three new interviews:
Some may argue that, given the economic and health challenges the world is facing, there is neither the time nor resources to tackle issues of equality. But as those at the forefront recognise, ignoring inequality is a false economy that squanders valuable ideas, creativity and potential. Fred Brown put it perfectly in his episode of Spotlight:
‘When the world is in the balance, the most opportune time to bring diversity of thought to the table is now’.
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