AVPN Global Conference 2023 | 20 - 22 June 2023


AVPN Webinar: A Gender Lens Response to COVID-19 Funding & Philanthropy

By Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)


Online and Hong Kong SAR China

Date & time

29 May 2020



29 May 2020


About this event

AVPN Webinar
A Gender Lens Response to COVID-19 Funding & Philanthropy

29 May 2020 | 3:45 pm HKT

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Data has shown that women and girls across Asia and the globe are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Whether it is the exacerbated burdens of unpaid care work on women and girls, or the increasing rates of gender-based violence during quarantine, the gendered impacts of the current pandemic requires an urgent response from funders and philanthropists.

The webinar’s speakers will share their insights from working with grantees as a foundation, building gender lens investing strategies, and leading community-centered programs to amplify the voices of women and girls.

Key Takeaways:

  • The unique challenges faced by women and girls amidst COVID-19
  • How gender funders and other philanthropists can respond to these challenges
  • How funders can work together with their grantees to address gendered impacts not only during COVID-19, but also in the recovery process after

Bonnie Chiu
Managing Director
The Social Investment Consultancy

Bonnie is the Managing Director of The Social Investment Consultancy, a global network of consultants specialised in impact measurement and social investment strategies. Her clients include The National Lottery Community Fund, British Council and UNICEF. She is also Founder of an award-winning social enterprise which provides photography training to marginalised women and girls in 23 countries and provides platforms to sell their work.

She has a strong track record in social investment: she authored an Investor Toolkit with a focus on girls and young women funded by DFID, set up a £15 million Women in Safe Homes Fund with Big Society Capital, co-founded the Diversity Forum for Inclusive Social Investment, and has been coordinating the Women in Social Finance network.She has recently been appointed to join the Board of LHA London, which owns 12 hostels across London for young people with a £230m property portfolio and provides £500k in grants every year. She also serves as a Forbes Senior Contributor writing on gender and diversity. She has received multiple accolades for her work, named Asia 21 Young Leader by Asia Society, a Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur, and winning the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.

Nisha Dhawan
Country Director, India, EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation

Nisha is the Country Director, India at EMpower – The Emerging Markets Foundation. Passionate about creating spaces to amplify the voices of girls, she oversees EMpower’s work in a country of strategic importance. Prior to assuming this role, she was the Director, Adolescent Girls and Gender Initiatives where she collaborated with EMpower’s global program team to consolidate innovation in programming that centred girls through capacity-building using workshops, technical assistance and the cross-pollination of learnings in all 15 countries EMpower works in. She began working at EMpower in 2012 as the Senior Program Officer for India and was responsible for developing and managing grantee partnerships and other programmatic initiatives in India.

Prior to joining EMpower Nisha worked at Abt Associates in Delhi as a gender and market linkages specialist on a USAID-funded project – examining food, agriculture and rural market systems. Nisha began her career working in Equities Compliance at Deutsche Bank and Barclays in London where she managed the Banks’ relationship with regulators and exchanges. Nisha is a TedX speaker – where she shared her passion about enabling girls’ voices to be heard. She has submitted her PhD in Sociology to the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi – examining the role that Non-Traditional Livelihoods play in advancing gender equity. She has a Master’s degree in Gender, Development and Globalization from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in International Politics and Women’s Studies. Nisha is based in Delhi.

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