How can business advance gender equality across the value chain by engaging men as allies?

Join us and a panel of experts for a live written discussion to explore how business can advance gender equality across the value chain by engaging men as allies.

Live Panel

Wednesday 11 September 2019, 16:30-17:30 GMT. ADD TO CALENDAR

Background

No country is expected to achieve gender equality by 2030. The case for gender equality is clear with estimates that £28 trillion could be added to the global economy if women participated equally. Companies are now looking more deeply at ‘how’ to achieve gender equality across their business operations. This includes looking at the role of men.

Men have a critical role to play in advancing gender equality. Companies are in a unique position to engage men as allies in multiple ways - in the communities they source raw materials from, in their own workplace diversity and inclusion policies and in society at large by tackling gender stereotypes in advertising and communications.

Despite the clear need to engage men as allies, real world examples of how to do this in companies and communities are sparse. This online written discussion aims to shed light on the ways companies can and are pro-actively advancing gender equality by engaging men as allies.

We are bringing together experts to share their insights and experience. This discussion will be useful to you, whether you are from an organisation taking your first steps in trying to understand how to engage men, right through to those who have been expertly working on this topic for some time. You can expect practical learnings, real insight and peer support.

Panel

Pam Cornes, Director Social Impact, ABInBev

Katie Fergusson Senior Vice President, Social Impact, The De Beers Group of Companies

Marianne Cooper, Sociologist Stanford VMWARE Women’s Leadership Lab

Fabio Verani, Senior Technical Advisor, Gender program, CARE USA

Nikki Van de Gaag, Author, State of the World’s Fathers report.

Chris Hook, Business Development Officer, Promundo

Daniel Seymour, Director Strategic Partnerships UN Women, UNStereotype Alliance

Moderator: Alice Allan, Challenge Director, Business Fights Poverty

Questions

  1. Why is engaging men to advance gender equality something that business should be thinking about?
  2. What are the best examples of business approaches and interventions to engage men as allies to advance gender equality across business operations from source to consumer?
  3. What are the major challenges to advancing gender equality by engaging men as allies and how can businesses collaborate with others to get it right?

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