What’s it Really Going to Take to Reach Gender Equality?

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Listen in to explore the challenges and opportunities surrounding gender equality and women’s empowerment. The conversation goes beyond the standard gender equality rhetoric: the importance of increasing women’s representation in leadership roles; encouraging gender-specific mentorship and skill development; promoting and supporting women. This conversation gets deeper, peering into some uncomfortable areas of why gender equality is in some cases stalling or reversing.

During this conversation, you will hear men frankly explain why we need to put men into the driving seat of gender equality activities. How for many men there is no gender inequality problem.

As Daniele Fiandaca, Co-Founder of Token Man explains: “It is impossible to effect change without the engagement of the majority.”

In addition, this podcast challenges the cultural norms around caregiving and work. You will hear open and frank conversations around the guilt mothers and care givers have when trying to balance their wish and need to work. How creating positive narratives for children explaining why mummy is going to work is required if we wish to break the cycle of family derived resentment towards work. No one presumes to get it right, but we hear from mothers determined to be positive role models for their children.

This podcast hears from Social Impact Pioneers:
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 of Thought Leadership and COO, Business Fights Poverty

This podcast was originally recorded as a live Twitter Space within the Business Fights Poverty Gender Summit 2023.

For more information on the Gender Summit and other insights, do check out: https://businessfightspoverty.org/gender-summits/


G20; Economic Empowerment of rural women

Self Help Groups: an initiative started by NABARD in 1986 to promote gender-lens financial inclusion and livelihoods, under the Ministry of Rural Development (Deen dayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) – currently there are 5.47 million groups, or 59.6 million women.

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