Business fights Poverty

Gender Summit

2023 Post Event Summary

Online | Nairobi | London

Coinciding with International Women's Day,

the Business Fights Poverty Gender Summit was the perfect opportunity to come together to share the latest thinking and action around gender equity.

Over the course of the two days, we put on a series of highly interactive webinars and hybrid workshops, featuring world-leading thinkers and practitioners. Together, we explored how to enhance the lives and livelihoods of women around the world, and empower them to thrive.

This is your chance to gain access to the latest insights, with voices from across the globe.

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Session by session resources

WEDNESDAY 8th March

Watch our panel-led workshop to discover the latest trends and lessons on how to support female entrepreneurs.

PANEL-LED DISCUSSION: ENTERPRISE

Watch our panel-led workshop to discover the latest trends and lessons on how to support female entrepreneurs. Our opening speakers will ignite your creativity, encouraging you to tackle the areas that need addressing. You'll then dive deeper into small breakout rooms with lead table discussants, exploring key questions on how to unlock the potential of female entrepreneurs. With Business Fights Poverty facilitators moderating the session, we'll come back together to share our newest thinking and actions. Don't miss out on discovering how to overcome the hurdles holding female entrepreneurs back!

Opening Speakers: Beatriz Tumoine, Global Social Impact Director, Cemex Maggie Rarieya, Global Partnerships Director, Amref Health Africa Natasha Kwakwa, Global Impact, Global Head, Standard Chartered Bank Jaylan ElShazly, Disruptive Technology acting Lead, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, IFC Antony Karanja, Co-Founder, OYE Elsie Wandera, Operations Manager, Brands on a Mission

Lead Table Discussants: Sherifatu Mustapha, GESI and Design Coordinator, Ghana, iDE Abigail Musinga, GESI Manager, Zambia, iDE Natalie Vergara, Head Platforms, Mercy Corps Ventures Kathy Tan, Founder & CEO, Amalu Coaching, LLC & partner to Fundación Paraguaya Leanne Melnyk, Head of Impact and Partnerships, Quizrr

Moderator: Zahid Torres-Rahman, CEO, Business Fights Poverty

A Fireside Chat with two social impact pioneers as they share their insights on what it takes to be a successful female entrepreneur.

FIRESIDE CHAT: YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS

Join a Fireside Chat with two social impact pioneers as they share their insights on what it takes to be a successful female entrepreneur. Discover how to get started, build a business, and receive valuable endorsements from other organizations. Get practical advice on how to succeed as an entrepreneur and make a difference in your community. Hear stories about affordable healthcare in Kenya and the positive impact of a global initiative to tackle inequality. Don't miss out on this inspiring discussion about female entrepreneurship and social impact.

Speakers:

Natasha Kwakwa, Global Head of Impact, Standard Chartered Bank

Naom Monari, Founder, Bena Care Lt

Interviewer:

Katie Hyson, Director, Thought Leadership and COO, Business Fights Poverty

A workshop to learn how to manage Scope 3 emissions and integrate a gender lens into your decarbonisation plans.

PANEL-LED DISCUSSION: CLIMATE JUSTICE

Join our workshop to learn how to manage Scope 3 emissions and integrate a gender lens into your decarbonisation plans. Discover what other companies are trialling in this space, and share your own tips and lessons. As part of the co-creation process, your input will help shape a framework that's fit for purpose and truly useful. Don't miss this chance to be part of some truly innovative work and contribute to early thinking around the design of the framework.

Opening Speakers: Emma Cox, Global Climate Leader, PwC Justin White, Manager, Human Rights & Gender Equality, Global Sustainability, Mars Inc Jacqui Machin, Ethics & Sustainability Manager - Climate, John Lewis Partnership Katharine Teague, Head of Advocacy, AB Sugar Ian Michell, Group Technical and Procurement Director, Flamingo Horticulture Investments

Lead Table Discussants: Rachel Cracknell, Climate Change and Environment Lead, Ethical Tea Partnership Hernan Zunino, Social Impact Manager, Latin America, Twinings Peris Ochieng, Ethical Sourcing Manager for Africa, Twinings Franziska Deininger, Gender & Climate Consultant, IFC Alexandra Lockyer, Programme Manager, Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW) Hester Le Roux, Senior Business Advisor, Private Sector Engagement, Care International UK

Moderator:

Zahid Torres-Rahman, Co-Founder and CEO, Business Fights Poverty

THURSDAY 9th March

Discover how businesses can help champion female-led enterprises in this Twitter Space session.

TWITTER SPACE: ENTERPRISE

Discover how businesses can help champion female-led enterprises in this Twitter Space session. Although women-led businesses are increasing, they still only make up 25-35% of all organisations globally due to challenges such as limited access to financing and the inability to own assets. Join us as we examine how global agriculture and other sectors can offer women more opportunities, why it's harmful to exclude men from gender conversations, and how innovation can create a happier and more equal world.

Speakers: Jean Claude Niyomugabo, Co-Founder, Speke Farms  Daniele Fiandaca, Co-Founder, Token Man Tashmia Ismail-Saville, Chief Business Development Officer, Mitacs Ajaita Shah, Founder & CEO, Frontier Markets

Moderator:

Katie Hyson, Director, Thought Leadership and COO, Business Fights Poverty

A thought-provoking Fireside Chat on the critical role of women in vaccination uptake.

FIRESIDE CHAT: VACCINATION EQUITY

Join us for a thought-provoking Fireside Chat on the critical role of women in vaccination uptake. With rates of preventable diseases falling globally, women are essential in ensuring the health and wellbeing of communities. Learn how greater vaccination uptake by women can lead to greater equality and participation in the labour force. We'll discuss how socio-economic factors such as income and education can impact vaccination outcomes, and explore challenges to ensuring gender equity in vaccination. Don't miss this opportunity to explore how we can better support marginalised women to increase vaccination uptake.

Speakers: Rachel Eagan, Researcher, The Vaccine Confidence Project, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Roopa Dhatt, Executive Director, Women in Global Health

Interviewer:

Ciara O’Rourke, Global Public Policy Director – Vaccination Confidence & Equity, MSD

A workshop on developing workplace policies to address gender-based violence (GBV) across multiple markets.

WEBINAR: GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

A workshop on developing workplace policies to address gender-based violence (GBV) across multiple markets. Learn from real-life examples and explore the importance of collaborating with external networks and campaigns. With one in three women experiencing physical or sexual violence during their lifetimes, GBV is a prevalent problem that impacts both employees and businesses. Discover how the workplace can offer unique opportunities to address different forms of GBV and create a safe space for those affected by domestic violence. Don't miss out on this important discussion.

Opening Speakers: Arné Rust, Brand Director, Carling Black Label, Hansa and Lion, Anheuser-Busch InBev Pamela Zaballa, Chief Executive Officer, NO MORE Foundation Ana Inés Alvarez, Executive Director, Avon Foundation, AVON Carly Newman, Project Manager, The Kering Foundation

Moderator:

Jane Pillinger, Visiting senior research fellow at Dept. Social Policy and Criminology, The Open University

MEET SOME OF OUR amazing speakers...

Elsie Wandera

Operations Manager

Operations Manager

Brands on a Mission

Ian Michell

Group Technical and Procurement Director

Group Technical and Procurement Director

Flamingo Horticulture Investments

Ajaita Shah

Founder & CEO

Founder & CEO

Frontier Markets

Katharine Teague

Head of Advocacy

Head of Advocacy

AB Sugar

Tashmia Ismail-Saville

Chief Business Development Officer

Chief Business Development Officer

Mitacs

Franziska Deininger

Gender & Climate Consultant

Gender & Climate Consultant

IFC

Hernan Zunino

Social Impact Manager, Latin America

Social Impact Manager, Latin America

Twinings

Rachel Cracknell

Climate Change and Environment Lead

Climate Change and Environment Lead

Ethical Tea Partnership

Jacqui Machin

Ethics & Sustainability Manager - Climate

Ethics & Sustainability Manager - Climate

John Lewis Partnership

Justin White

Manager, Human Rights & Gender Equality, Global Sustainability

Manager, Human Rights & Gender Equality, Global Sustainability

Mars Inc

Abigail Musinga

Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI), Zambia

Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI), Zambia

iDE

Sherifatu Mustapha

GESI and Design Coordinator, Ghana

GESI and Design Coordinator, Ghana

iDE

Alexandra Lockyer

Programme Manager

Programme Manager

Work and Opportunities for Women (WOW)

Hester Le Roux

Senior Business Advisor, Private Sector Engagement

Senior Business Advisor, Private Sector Engagement

Care International UK

Emma Cox

Global Climate leader

Global Climate leader

PwC

Kathy Tan

Founder & CEO

Founder & CEO

Amalu Coaching, LLC

Jean Claude Niyomugabo

Co-Founder

Co-Founder

Speke Farms

Leanne Melnyk

Head of Impact and Partnerships

Head of Impact and Partnerships

Quizrr

Natalie Vergara

Head Platforms

Head Platforms

Mercy Corps Ventures

Jaylan ElShazly

Disruptive Technology acting Lead, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group

Disruptive Technology acting Lead, Gender and Economic Inclusion Group

IFC

Roopa Dhatt

Executive Director

Executive Director

Women in Global Health

Antony Karanja

Co-Founder & Head of Operations

Co-Founder & Head of Operations

OYE

Daniele Fiandaca

Co-Founder

Co-Founder

Token Man

Rachel Eagan

Researcher, The Vaccine Confidence Project

Researcher, The Vaccine Confidence Project

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Carly Newman

Project Manager

Project Manager

The Kering Foundation

Ana Inés Alvarez

Executive Director, Avon Foundation

Executive Director, Avon Foundation

AVON

Pamela Zaballa

CEO,

CEO,

NO MORE

Arné Rust

Brand Director, Carling Black Label, Hansa and Lion

Brand Director, Carling Black Label, Hansa and Lion

Anheuser-Busch InBev

Naom Monari

Founder

Founder

Bena Care Ltd

Natasha Kwakwa

Global Head, Community Impact

Global Head, Community Impact

Standard Chartered Bank

Beatriz Tumoine

Global Social Impact Director

Global Social Impact Director

Cemex

Ciara O’Rourke

Director - Global Vaccines Public Policy - Vaccination Confidence & Equity

Director - Global Vaccines Public Policy - Vaccination Confidence & Equity

MSD

Maggie Rarieya

Global Partnerships Director

Global Partnerships Director

Amref Health Africa

Jane Pillinger

Visiting senior research fellow at Dept. Social Policy and Criminology

Visiting senior research fellow at Dept. Social Policy and Criminology

Open University

Katie Hyson

Director, Thought Leaderships and CEO

Director, Thought Leaderships and CEO

Business Fights Poverty

Zahid Torres-Rahman

Co-Founder and CEO

Co-Founder and CEO

Business Fights Poverty

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Futuremakers Youth Panel: Investing in Women in STEM to Tackle Green and Social Issues
Our workshop hosted with Standard Chartered (Futuremakers by Standard Chartered | Lifting participation with inclusive entrepreneurship). Learn from leading female tech entrepreneurs supported by Futuremakers who are solving green and social challenges in their communities. Explore how to scale and unlock the potential for a more sustainable, resilient, inclusive future. OPENING SPEAKERS: Allie Burns, CEO, Village Capital Khadija Hashimi, Regional Head, Corporate Affairs and Brand & Marketing, AME and Country Head, Corporate Affairs and Brand & Marketing, Pakistan, Standard Chartered Bank Menna Shahin, Co-Founder, Tekeya Naom Monari, Founder, Bena Care Ltd Edith Chumba, Head of Consumer, Private & Business Banking, Standard Chartered Bank, Kenya & Eastern Africa INTERVIEWER: Zahid Torres-Rahman, CEO & Co-Founder, Business Fights Poverty
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