AVPN May Webinar: Creating Gender Equity through Gender Lens Investing

20 May 2019


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There is a growing body of evidence that gender equity is profitable for investment and makes a strong business case. However, the role of gender while investing is highly contextual and can be different in different markets. In India, rural women lack access to services, opportunities, and resources including affordable finance. There could be exclusion at family, society, and systems level. There is an absence of a conducive ecosystem for women entrepreneurs.

There are opportunities to invest in women entrepreneurs, and through using a gender lens in investing, the funders and investors can contribute to gender equity and a more equitable world while reaping good returns on their investment.

This webinar by AVPN members Plan International, India and Mann Deshi Mahila Sahkari Bank Ltd.:

  • Examined the issues of access to resources and opportunities for women
  • Examined the need for creating an ecosystem for women micro-entrepreneurs
  • Identified impact of using gender leans while investing


A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

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