gender equality

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Advancing gender equality is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To improve women and girls’ access to, and control over, resources and capital, money must move towards projects that integrate gender comprehensively – from design to delivery and assessment.

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Allied and Healthcare Professionals (AHPs) make a significant contribution to the healthcare delivery system. During any health crisis, they are the front warriors who help to scale up healthcare services under the supervision of Doctors and Nurses. Despite a huge demand for their services, this sector is highly fragmented in India mainly due to the absence of a central regulatory authority.

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COVID-19 has made very visible how climate change will affect us all on a global scale, which has stirred renewed energy to “build back better” through climate resiliency. Some of us, however, will be harder hit by climate change than others.

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Global frameworks for climate action, including but not limited to the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, have recognized that they must respect and promote gender equality and women’s rights to be effective and truly transformative. This requires climate finance architecture to be gender-responsive and inclusive to take into account solutions that individuals and organizations that have knowledge about gender and are working toward gender equality.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic, AVPN took its Annual Conference fully online for the first time ever. It was the largest showing to date, attracting a record 7,500 participants from 103 markets. The five-day event saw the social investment community in Asia pledge their commitment to advance social impact, reinforce their connections to one another, and share stories of innovation and inspiration. Here we share five memorable takeaways from the Conference.

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“COVID 19 has been seen as a test run for a major climate event. The parallels are clear: both are silent threats of global scale, they move quickly through borders, they do not discriminate between rich or poor, young or old or race or religion. Both are existential threats against humanity where complete solutions are still unclear. Although both threats are known, we have not taken them seriously enough and hence this urgent call to action,” says En Lee, Head of Sustainable and Impact Investments Asia, LGT.

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Why is impact management not well understood? “These metrics and resources seem to complicate things, more than help in the due diligence process” seems to be a key concern among stakeholders along the value chain, from investors to enterprise to beneficiaries. With impact metrics and outcomes differing across different actors, what the investor thinks as an effective framework may not work as well for the enterprise or beneficiary group.

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2020 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action – the UN Women-led blueprint to advance women’s rights, when women empowerment should have achieved significant success. We are far from that, and will actually need another century to reach gender parity. That is certainly not helped by the ongoing pandemic, which threatens to negate even the limited gains made. Across every sphere, from education and health to economy and security, the impacts of COVID-19 have been exacerbated for women and girls.

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Why Investment in Nutrition is Critical? Malnutrition is a global crisis. Poor nutrition has far-reaching implications. On an individual level, it causes people to be more susceptible to illnesses due to weakened immunities. From a wider perspective, malnutrition strains healthcare systems, and causes losses in human capital and workplace productivity. During his sharing, Martin Short, CEO of The Power of Nutrition emphasised that malnutrition costs an estimated US$3.5 trillion annually worldwide.

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Virginia’s work with what she calls “the She economy” spans seven years, after she founded Lean In China with a group of friends–starting what became one of China’s leading nonprofits for women. Coming from a career in law and finance, where she worked on investments in the emerging markets for almost a decade, covering more than $30 billion worth of transactions, the potential for business to grow into — or shall we say, lean into — the gender space continues to amaze her.

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Investing in women-led or owned businesses is not enough to achieve women’s economic empowerment. However, that is still not enough to achieve women’s economic empowerment. We need to strengthen existing initiatives that support women economic empowerment and/or address any discriminatory practices. In fact, companies that commit to strong internal gender equality and continuous operational improvements will be superior business performers, both financially and socially.

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The question: “Where does women’s time go?” is significant. How we invest in their time and resources will not only shape communities, but also economies. Yet, we are only working at half-potential. The COVID-19 pandemic is a defining moment for social investors to ensure the decades of development gains do not go to waste. There is no better time for action than the present.

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