Join us during the week of International Women's Day to #RebuildBetter

To coincide with International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021, and the UN’s Generation Equality campaign, we are convening our next #RebuildBetter Virtual Summit from 9th to 11th March in partnership with UN Women and CARE International UK. We’re taking as our starting point, the IWD theme of #ChooseToChallenge: with a focus on how we, as a community focused on harnessing business for social impact, can challenge ourselves to step up and ensure gender equity is at the core of an equitable and resilient future. As part of that, we will explore the importance of women’s leadership.

New research, published in the Harvard Business Review, finds that women are rated better leaders than men by those who work for them, and that this gap has been even greater during the COVID-19 pandemic. This reflects the fact that women score more highly on those leadership traits valued most in a crisis: the ability to inspire, motivate, communicate, collaborate and build relationships. Getting through the pandemic and addressing other crises - notably climate change - will require us all to deepen these core leadership skills, regardless of gender.

But we must also urgently address the deep seated inequalities and barriers that face women in business, whether that is progression through to the leadership levels of large businesses or the ability of women-owned small and medium enterprises to survive and thrive. What are the barriers that women face, what practical actions can we take, and what role can men play as allies in the fight against gender bias and inequality?

Join us across three days of live events, together with community-generated video, audio and written content, to explore these issues through three lenses: enterprise, agriculture and tackling gender-based violence.

Participants will come away with fresh insights, new peer relationships and the opportunity to engage in collaborative action.

Meet some of the amazing speakers and panelists that you'll be joining...

Arlene Isaacs-Lowe

Global Head of CSR, Moody’s Corporation and President, Moody's Foundation

Natalie Deacon

Executive Director Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Avon, and President, Avon Foundation for Women

Blerta Cela

Deputy Regional Director, Europe and Central Asia, UN Women


AGENDA
TUESDAY
TUESDAY 9 MARCH

UNLEASHING ENTERPRISE

2.00 - 2.30 PM GMT /

9.00 - 9.30 AM EST

WELCOME

TUE | ENTERPRISE | 2 PM GMT

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat with:

Laurie Lee, CEO, Care International UK

Alexandra Moncada, Country Director, CARE Ecuador

2.30 - 3.30 PM GMT /

9.30 - 10.30 AM EST

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WEBINAR

TUE | ENTERPRISE | 2.30 PM GMT

How can we challenge ourselves to unleash the power of women’s enterprises?

Hosted with UN Women

Women in business have been driving positive change as leaders in their communities, societies, and the economy. However, women face higher barriers to market and financial access than men, and in addition, women-run enterprises are further challenged and have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. What is missing to help them thrive and what can we do?

Join this session to:

  • Hear practical examples of action from across different regions and organisations.
  • Learn about best practices and guidelines for how to expand and maximise value chains by including women-owned businesses and women-led businesses.
  • Understand how your own organisation can increase the impact and effectiveness of your efforts to support women-owned enterprises.

Speakers:

Blerta Cela, Deputy Regional Director, Europe and Central Asia, UN Women

Natalie Deacon, Natalie Deacon, Executive Director Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Avon, and President, Avon Foundation for Women

Luz Gomez, Director, Latin America, Mastercard

Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, Global Head of CSR, Moody’s Corporation and President, Moody's Foundation

Katie Hyson, Director, Thought Leadership, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

3.30 - 4.30 PM GMT /

10.30 - 11.30 AM EST

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DISCUSSION

TUE | ENTERPRISE | 3.30 PM GMT

How can we challenge ourselves to unleash the power of women’s enterprises?

Join the live written discussion with your peers in our private Gender Summit LinkedIn Group.

This is a chance for you to share your insights and connect with like-minded people.

WEDNESDAY 10 MARCH

TACKLING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

2.00 - 2.30 PM GMT /

9.00 - 9.30 AM EST

WELCOME

WED | GBV | 2 PM GMT

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat:

Gabrielle Henderson, Policy Specialist, Ending Violence against Women Division and thematic lead GBV Action Coalitions at UN Women Headquarters

2.30 - 3.30 PM GMT /

9.30 - 10.30 AM EST

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WEBINAR

WED | GBV | 2.30 PM GMT

How can we tackle GBV in the workplace and supply chain?

Hosted with Care International UK

Multiple barriers stand in the way of women achieving their full and equal participation in the workplace. Perhaps most shocking has been the spike in gender-based violence during COVID-19. Domestic violence and online abuse have increased as a result of the pandemic impacting productivity, as well as absenteeism and presenteeism. What can businesses do to address this?

Join this session to:

  • Learn how companies are innovating to tackle #GBV, from domestic violence policies to protect staff to tackling the issue with workers further down the supply chain.
  • Deepen your knowledge of the evolving policy landscape, including the new ILO Convention to end violence and harassment in the workplace, and how your organisation can take action.

Speakers:

Valentina Beghini, Senior Technical Officer, Gender Diversity and Inclusion, ILO

Ashika Gunasena, CEO, Chrysalis

Claudine McMahon, Global Head of Culture and Inclusion, Vodafone

Alice Allan, Senior Adviser, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

3.30 - 4.30 PM GMT /

10.30 - 11.30 AM EST

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DISCUSSION

WED | GBV | 3.30 PM GMT

How can we tackle GBV in the workplace and supply chain?

Join the live written discussion with your peers in our private Gender Summit LinkedIn Group.

This is a chance for you to share your insights and connect with like-minded people.

THURSDAY 11 MARCH

BUILDING FARMER LIVELIHOODS

2.00 - 2.30 PM GMT /

9.00 - 9.30 AM EST

WELCOME

THU | FARMERS | 2 PM GMT

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat with:

Matthias Berninger, SVP Public Affairs & Sustainability, Bayer

Everlyn Musyoka, Smallholder Strategy Lead Africa, Bayer Crop Science

2.30 - 3.30 PM GM /

9.30 - 10.30 AM EST

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WEBINAR

THU | FARMERS | 2.30 PM GMT

Empowering Women in Agricultural Value Chains

Women smallholder farmers face multiple barriers, beyond those that men farmers. How can business partner with others to support women farmers in their supply chains?

Join this session to:

  • Explore recent lessons from business partnerships to support women smallholders.
  • Take actionable insights back into your business, along with ideas for building the business case for action.

Speakers:

Ranjana Das, Lead Specialist, Private Sector Engagement, Oxfam India

Katie Hoard, Global Director of Agricultural Innovation & Sustainability, AB InBev

Heather Pfahl, Global Socioeconomic Sustainability Lead, Mars Inc

David Schwebel, Community Advisor, Cargill

Zahid Torres-Rahman, CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

3.30 - 4.30 PM GMT /

10.30 - 11.30 AM EST

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DISCUSSION

THU | FARMERS | 3.30 PM GMT

Empowering Women in Agricultural Value Chains

Join the live written discussion with your peers in our private Gender Summit LinkedIn Group.

This is a chance for you to share your insights and connect with like-minded people.

AGENDA
TUESDAY
9 MARCH

UNLEASHING ENTERPRISE

WEDNESDAY
10 MARCH

TACKLING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

THURSDAY
11 MARCH

BUILDING FARMER LIVELIHOODS

2.00 - 2.30 PM GMT /

9.00 - 9.30 AM EST

WELCOME

TUE | ENTERPRISE | 2 PM GMT

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat with:

Laurie Lee, CEO, Care International UK

Alexandra Moncada, Country Director, CARE Ecuador

WELCOME

WED | GBV | 2 PM GMT

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat:

Gabrielle Henderson, Policy Specialist, Ending Violence against Women Division and thematic lead GBV Action Coalitions at UN Women Headquarters

WELCOME

THU | FARMERS | 2 PM GMT

Welcome by Zahid and Yvette, Business Fights Poverty

Followed by a Fireside Chat with:

Matthias Berninger, SVP Public Affairs & Sustainability, Bayer

Everlyn Musyoka, Smallholder Strategy Lead Africa, Bayer Crop Science

2.30 - 3.30 PM GMT /

9.30 - 10.30 AM EST

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WEBINAR

TUE | ENTERPRISE | 2.30 PM GMT

How can we challenge ourselves to unleash the power of women’s enterprises?

Hosted with UN Women

Women in business have been driving positive change as leaders in their communities, societies, and the economy. However, women face higher barriers to market and financial access than men, and in addition, women-run enterprises are further challenged and have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. What is missing to help them thrive and what can we do?

Join this session to:

  • Hear practical examples of action from across different regions and organisations.
  • Learn about best practices and guidelines for how to expand and maximise value chains by including women-owned businesses and women-led businesses.
  • Understand how your own organisation can increase the impact and effectiveness of your efforts to support women-owned enterprises.

Speakers:

Blerta Cela, Deputy Regional Director, Europe and Central Asia, UN Women

Natalie Deacon, Executive Director Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, Avon, and President, Avon Foundation for Women

Luz Gomez, Director, Latin America, Mastercard

Arlene Isaacs-Lowe, Global Head of CSR, Moody’s Corporation and President, Moody's Foundation

Katie Hyson Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

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WEBINAR

WED | GBV | 2.30 PM GMT

How can we tackle GBV in the workplace and supply chain?

Hosted with Care International UK

Multiple barriers stand in the way of women achieving their full and equal participation in the workplace. Perhaps most shocking has been the spike in gender-based violence during COVID-19. Domestic violence and online abuse have increased as a result of the pandemic impacting productivity, as well as absenteeism and presenteeism. What can businesses do to address this?

Join this session to:

  • Learn how companies are innovating to tackle #GBV, from domestic violence policies to protect staff to tackling the issue with workers further down the supply chain.
  • Deepen your knowledge of the evolving policy landscape, including the new ILO Convention to end violence and harassment in the workplace, and how your organisation can take action.

Speakers:

Valentina Beghini, Senior Technical Officer, Gender Diversity and Inclusion, ILO

Ashika Gunasena, CEO, Chrysalis

Claudine McMahon, Global Head of Culture and Inclusion, Vodafone

Alice Allan, Senior Adviser Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

cast_connected

WEBINAR

THU | FARMERS | 2.30 PM GMT

Empowering Women in Agricultural Value Chains

Women smallholder farmers face multiple barriers, beyond those that men farmers. How can business partner with others to support women farmers in their supply chains?

Join this session to:

  • Explore recent lessons from business partnerships to support women smallholders.
  • Take actionable insights back into your business, along with ideas for building the business case for action.

Speakers:

Ranjana Das, Lead Specialist, Private Sector Engagement, Oxfam India

Katie Hoard, Global Director of Agricultural Innovation & Sustainability, AB InBev

Heather Pfahl, Global Socioeconomic Sustainability Lead, Mars Inc

David Schwebel, Community Advisor, Cargill

Zahid Torres-Rahman, CEO, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

3.30 - 4.30 PM GMT /

10.30 - 11.30 AM EST

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DISCUSSION

TUE | ENTERPRISE | 3.30 PM GMT

How can we challenge ourselves to unleash the power of women’s enterprises?

Join the live written discussion with your peers in our private Gender Summit LinkedIn Group.

This is a chance for you to share your insights and connect with like-minded people.

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DISCUSSION

WED | GBV | 3.30 PM GMT

How can we tackle GBV in the workplace and supply chain?

Join the live written discussion with your peers in our private Gender Summit LinkedIn Group.

This is a chance for you to share your insights and connect with like-minded people.

insert_comment

DISCUSSION

THU | FARMERS | 3.30 PM GMT

Empowering Women in Agricultural Value Chains

Join the live written discussion with your peers in our private Gender Summit LinkedIn Group.

This is a chance for you to share your insights and connect with like-minded people.


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