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Gender Summit 2020





Business Fights Poverty



I teamed up with Business Fights Poverty for a day of inspiring and engaging content, live events, and peer networking to explore how we can #rebuildbetter.

For over 10 years they have been bringing people together in-person in New York during UN General Assembly week. This year, Business Fights Poverty NYC will bring us together online, building on the success of Business Fights Poverty Online 2020 held in July.

COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, devastating impacts on the lives, livelihoods and learning of millions of people, particularly the most vulnerable. While efforts have rightly focused on mitigating the immediate impacts, we need to start thinking about efforts to recover and rebuild, because action taken now will have long-lasting effects on people's well-being and resilience.


The pandemic has exacerbated deep inequalities and fragilities in the current system that have always been there. We as a community have the opportunity and the responsibility to act now to build a better future.

In partnership with CDC Group, The 2X Challenge, UN Women and CARE International, the next Business Fights Poverty Virtual Summit on 3 December will focus on gender.

Timed to coincide with the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, the first of three webinars focused on the actions companies can take in response to the increase in gender-based violence witnessed during the COVID pandemic, including in the workplace; and consider the role of new international regulation in the form of the ILO’s Violence and Harassment Convention (C190).

Hosted in partnership with UN Women, we then held a session on strengthening women’s economic empowerment, which will give you the chance to hear the voices of women entrepreneurs and learn about how you can get involved in UN Women initiatives to support gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in Europe and Central Asia.

A third webinar focused on gender-lens investing. Despite the ever increasing business case for improved gender equality and diversity in the workplace, COVID-19 has set back progress, with widening gender pay gaps, job loss and increasing caring responsibilities for women. The case for gender-lens investing is therefore even more urgent. We explored current thinking on the latest tools from CDC Group and 2X Challenge. Experts shared practical advice for investors and businesses.


Live Digital Illustration by zovi

Event Hosted by Business Fights Poverty

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