SEAF has made considerable progress in building a business case for gender lens investing and, more importantly, demonstrating the impact of its gender interventions in its portfolio companies. By addressing deep-rooted barriers that limit women’s access to resources and opportunities, SEAF is enabling and advancing women to become decision-makers. Increasing women’s economic engagement is a lever of change in their power, position, and wellbeing in society, which are critical to achieving sustainable and inclusive and poverty eradication.
With the broader adoption of the SEAF Gender Equality Scorecard©, SEAF is tracking the progress of its various initiatives that promote women’s economic empowerment and gender equality not just in its gender-focused funds but across its other regional and thematic funds. These case studies describe business models and initiatives that tackle economic empowerment challenges facing women, such as promoting business leadership and ownership, developing career paths and professional development, realizing pay equity and supportive work environments, providing access to products and services relevant to their unmet needs and wants, and strengthening the role of women in value chains. These case studies share valuable lessons, concrete measures, and best practices to guide practitioners in their journey.
As more organizations begin to leverage the GES© in their engagement with entrepreneurs globally, SEAF would welcome you share your journeys. If this is of interest, please contact Ingrid Chou, SEAF’s WEE team – email@example.com.