Industry Initiatives

Thursday, May 25: Day Three

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | HERproject at 10: Empowering Women in Global Supply Chains | Bangluang

HERproject is a collaborative initiative that strives to empower low-income women working in global supply chains. Bringing together global brands, their suppliers, and local NGOs, HERproject drives impact for women and business via workplace-based interventions on health, financial inclusion, and gender equality. Since its inception in 2007, HERproject has worked in more than 420 workplaces across 14 countries, and has increased the well-being, confidence, and economic potential of more than 500,000 women.

In 2017 HERproject enters its 10th year as one of the longest running collaborative initiatives focused on women’s economic empowerment. In this session we will explore how the program has been successful in engaging global companies for the past decade, but also the challenges this partnership model presents.

Chhavi Giuliani, BSR
Nazneen Huq, Change Associates Ltd.
Krittika Wutthipat-arree, Li & Fung
Syeda Faiza Jamil, Artistic Milliners

HERproject Presentation

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | UNCDF PoWER Launch | Room A

This session will announce plans for Participation of Women in the Economy Realized (PoWER), a new strategy from the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) to be implemented in collaboration with UN Women. PoWER aims to facilitate women’s and girls’ improved access to, awareness and usage of quality financial products and services provided by diverse and sustainable service providers, in the context of more inclusive financial markets that facilitate their greater economic empowerment and participation. It will address supply-side, demand-side, enabling policy and infrastructure constraints facing women and girls (aged 12-24) and how social norms impact these.  Panelists will share details of the Empowerment Framework, Theory of Change and initial insights from country assessments on the constraints and enablers of women and girls’ financial inclusion in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Myanmar, Senegal and Tanzania.

Henri Dommel, UNCDF
Anna-Karin Jatfors, UN Women
Nangi Massawe, Bank of Tanzania

PoWER launch Presentation

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Care Work and Women’s Economic Empowerment: Strategies from Burden to Boon | Connections 2

Hear about examples of successful advocacy efforts from Colombia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Engage in an open dialogue through small groups to address the question: How can policy address these barriers for women and turn them into a boon both by providing market-based substitutes for unpaid care and by recognizing the invisibility of unpaid care work?

Women spend more time on unpaid care work, while men are more active in market work. This distribution is often misconstrued as a “women’s issue”. Care work is rarely recognized as a valuable activity that contributes to growth and whose burden for women has implications for their empowerment and for societies. This panel will present evidence on the type and value of work done by men/women worldwide, presenting evidence from the Counting Women’s Work project. Presenters from the GrOW program will then discuss findings from  research assessing the links between daycare and women’s economic & social empowerment.

Alejandra Vargas Garcia, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Gretchen Donehower, University of California Berkeley
Thalia Kidder, Oxfam
Deepta Chopra, Institute of Development Studies
Anweshaa Ghosh, Institute of Social Studies Trust
Mubashira Zaidi, Institute of Social Studies Trust
Anoushaka Chandrashekar, Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR LEAD)

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM | Shifting Social Norms at Scale | Connections 1

The SEEP-Oxfam Peer Learning Group (PLG) on social norms has brought together a variety of organisations to share, test and adapt innovative methodologies that gather evidence about social norms, and create and assess change.  Interventions for women to be economically empowered must be complemented by broader, integrated strategies to address social norms in the economy. Such norms limit women’s choice of economic activities, participation in the paid economy and benefits they gain. Social norms in the economy shape and distort markets, such as norms about women’s and men’s roles, and perceptions of the economy, economic value and skills required for economic activities. This session will share initial insights from the PLG, and promote wider discussion and action. Markets development programmes  will  present practical approaches tools that they are using at different levels to achieve transformational change for women.

Claudia Canepa, Oxfam
Imogen Davies, Oxfam GB
Emily Hillenbrand, Care USA
Agnes Loriba, Pathways Ghana, Care USA
Pranati Mohanraj, Care USA
Anam Parvez, Oxfam GB
Pushpita Saha, Oxfam in Bangladesh

Social Norms Presentations

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Women’s Financial Inclusion Community of Practice, CGAP | Room A
Please note that this session will be taking place in the afternoon.

The Women’s Financial Inclusion Community of Practice provides a platform to share experiences, identify key challenges, document and discuss emerging good practices, and solve common problems associated with increasing women’s access to and use of a broad range of financial services. Membership in the community of practice is open to all and includes researchers, practitioners, and donors working on women’s financial inclusion. Together, they are working to highlight best practices in how technology can benefit women’s financial inclusion, identify knowledge gaps in what barriers result from social norms, and promote more widespread data collection and sharing, coupled with consistent data practices.

This session will feature work from community members, and enable active discussion among participants on the types of knowledge products and collaborative efforts that will enhance their work in women’s financial inclusion for empowerment.