On Tuesday 30 January 2018, we hosted an engaging conversation on the role business has played and can play in empowering women economically – whether through the development of appropriate goods and services or through job creation and income generation opportunities.
This was the first in BCtA’s new webinar series featuring presentations and discussions with key experts who have helped to empower women at the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) market through their research, products or services development, policy or advocacy work.
In a discussion moderated by Paula Pelaez, Head of Business Call to Action; Aditi Mohapatra, Director, Women’s Empowerment at BSR, Anna Falth, Global Programme Manager, Empower Women at UN Women and Katy Lindquist, Communications Executive at AFRIpads, explored key questions on the business case for the private sector to actively engage women as consumers, producers, suppliers, distributors of goods and services or employees, and the role for business to promote and support Women’s Economic Empowerment.
One goal of this webinar was to discuss what is the real business case behind women’s economic empowerment but also provide concrete tools for business to engage on that front. Our panelists also shared ideas and stories of women who are leading on the UN Sustainable Development Goals across regions and sectors. The key messages from the three-webinar series will be included in a final insight report, to be released ahead of International Women’s Day 2018. With that in mind, the discussion sought responses to specific questions including, but not limited to: