Gender Equity with Rani and Deepika, IFC

Podcast Interview

Share this story

What does gender equity mean? How far have we progressed towards gender equality? And how can we sensitively transfer learning from one region to another when tackling gender equity? These are just some of the questions this podcast tackles.

Social pioneers Rani Pooran and Deepika Yadav, both work for the International Finance Organisation (the IFC) which is part of the World Bank join us to unpick these complex questions. Together they are fundamental to the IFC’s diversity, equity and inclusion work.

Equity means recognising that we do not all start from the same place and must acknowledge and make adjustments to imbalances. The path to gender equity is different depending on where you are in the world. Rani and Deepika are working hard across a number of regions to progress the gender equality agenda. They join us in this podcast to shine a light on some of the key milestones that have been made in gender equality and delve into practical actions that individuals, businesses, and regulatory bodies can take in delivering gender equity.

During our conversation Rani and Deepika take us on a whistle stop journey around the world – looking the progress and in some case stagnation of gender equity activities in places ranging from Australia to Iceland.

Rani focuses us on the benefits and costs of remote working for women, regulatory disclosures on gender disaggregated pay gap reporting on gender and other groups. As she implores: “I’d like to reinforce the importance of equal pay for equal work.”

Whilst Deepika talks about the links to career progression for women and the role paternity leave. She explains why shared parental responsibilities can offer pathways towards gender equity – sharing why “It is so important to have men as allies in the fight for gender equality and the importance of men taking parental leave is part of this.”


The Guardian – Julia Gillard and remote working

The Globe and Mail – Iceland ranks 1st in Gender Equality

Rani Pooran’s LinkedIn profile

Deepika Yadav’s LinkedIn profile

EDGE website

EDGE Q&A with Rani Pooran

OECD overview of pay reporting legislation

Listen to more...