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2021 GENDER Summit




Business Fights Poverty




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?


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 Center for Inclusive Growth

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

Katie Hyson Business Fights Poverty (moderator)


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?


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

Ashika Gunasena, CEO, Chrysalis, Sri Lanka

Claudine McMahon, Global Head of Culture and Inclusion, Vodafone

Sazini Mojapelo, Managing Executive: Corporate Citizenship, Absa Group

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


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?


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, Business Fights Poverty (moderator)

Live Digital Illustration by zovi

Event Hosted by Business Fights Poverty

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