Shabnam Hameed

Podcast Interview

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Gender Based Violence, or GBV as you will hear it referred to during this podcast, is something that according to the UN affects an estimated 736 million women worldwide. That’s almost one in three.

Shabnam Hameed is the Global Lead for Workplace Responses to Gender-Based Violence with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank Group. She has dedicated more than a decade of her work to create support to those affected by gender-based violence through workplace programmes.

During our conversation Shabnam talks about the newest research she has been leading – to understand the impacts of GBV programmes in the workplace. The research results demonstrate the positive impacts of addressing GBV as a workplace issue. Shabnam reveals the key requirements of programmes and organisations before GBV interventions result in significant impacts. In addition, Shabnam shares practical tools on how to support staff and reveals where she plans to take the work next – on her never-ending quest to address violence.

Shabnam has specialised in employment for over 20 years. Her experience spans the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She leads the IFC’s Respectful Workplaces Program which seeks to enhance business value by addressing gender-based violence and harassment. The program supports the private sector in emerging markets to create safe and resilient workplaces.


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