Guide on Gender Mainstreaming: Business, investment and technology services for private sector development – UNIDO (2015)

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UNIDO, 2015 – 82 pages

All United Nations agencies share responsibility for improving gender equality and thus need to understand the relevance of gender issues to fulfilling their mandate. By systematically mainstreaming gender into its Business, Investment and Technology (BIT) interventions to strengthen Private Sector Development (PSD), UNIDO is contributing to ensuring equal opportunities for women and men. The aims of this guide are to:

  • Explain what gender mainstreaming means for UNIDO.
  • Describe how key thematic aspects of BIT/ UNIDO’s work relate to gender.
  • Provide practical, step-by-step guidance on how to systematically mainstream gender into BIT projects.

Violence and Harassment at Work: A guide for small and medium enterprises to prevent violence and harassment in the workplace – RVO (2020)

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RVO, 2020 – 24 pages

This guide is designed to help SMEs tackle the problem of violence and harassment by:

  • Informing about the characteristics of violence and harassment in the workplace.
  • Providing background information on the adopted ILO Convention 190.
  • Providing tips to more effectively tackle and prevent violence and harassment at work.
  • Sharing some workplace initiatives of SMEs, brands, trade unions, and other key players.
  • Supporting in creating a positive, inclusive work environment that prevents violence and harassment.

The Business Case for Women’s Economic Empowerment: An Integrated Approach – ICRW (2014)

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ICRW, 2014 – 8 pages

This study highlights the eight building blocks of WEE. Additionally, it presents results from research on corporate-funded WEE programmes.

Main takeaways:

  • While there are a lot of corporations investing in WEE, there is little available data about what is working and what is not.
  • Most programmes focus on access to education, financial support, training, and employment opportunities rather than a more integrated approach based on a human rights framework that delivers the broader conditions necessary for women to thrive.
  • There is an opportunity and desire to increase collaboration and improve communications between the women’s rights sector and corporations working in WEE programmes.

A ‘How-To’ Guide to Measuring Women’s Empowerment – Oxfam (2017)

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Oxfam, 2017 – 48 pages

To understand the extent to which its projects have contributed to women’s empowerment, Oxfam has developed a measurement tool based on a composite index – the Women’s Empowerment Index. This builds on experience and tools from the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

  • Section one of this report presents the framework that has been developed to measure women’s empowerment.
  • Section two presents the characteristics of the index and provides suggestions as to how it might be applied.
  • Section three presents the five steps involved in defining and constructing the Women’s Empowerment Index.
  • Section four discusses future evolution of the measurement tool.

Understanding and measuring WEE: Definition, framework, and indicators – ICRW (2018)

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ICRW, 2018 – 12 pages

This document is intended as a conceptual guide, rather than an operational toolkit. Economic empowerment is a complex process, and the general framework presented here will have to be adapted to meet the needs of specific projects. This document presents:

  • A definition of women’s economic empowerment.
  • A measurement framework that can guide the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs to economically empower women.
  • A set of illustrative indicators that can serve as concrete examples for developing meaningful metrics for success.

Beyond Income: A critical analysis of agency measurement in economic programming – MDF (2018)

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MDF, 2018 – 58 pages

MDF has created a practical framework that measures and monitors women’s access and agency, both of which are key indicators of WEE. Access is defined as a women’s ability to access economic resources and information, while Agency is the ability to make decisions and act on economic opportunities. Within the report six dimensions of WEE are examined:

  • influence on social norms
  • economic advancement
  • decision-making
  • functions and workloads
  • access to opportunities
  • access to assets and services

Incubate, Invest, Impact. Building and Investing in High-Impact Enterprises for Empowering Women and Girls – GIZ (2014)

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GIZ, 2014 – 92 pages

This study explores how the social entrepreneurship ecosystem can unite to develop an action plan on gender lens incubation and investing for enterprises focused on the low-income market segment in India. An analytical framework to identify high impact enterprises that promote gender equality and women’s and girl’s empowerment is put forward in the study. Challenges and related solutions are highlighted for these high impact businesses that empower women and girls, which will need to be addressed by the broader ecosystem if they are to achieve their potential for transformative change. While this study goes beyond the assumption that high impact enterprises for empowering women and girls are only those that are owned and led by women, it does consider the gender-specific barriers that need to be overcome for a woman entrepreneur or business leader.

The Global Landscape of Gender Lens Investing – Intellecap (2019)

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Intellecap, 2019 – 52 pages

This report provides a comprehensive overview of gender lens investing – defined as an investing approach to promote social and/or economic empowerment of women, in addition to financial returns. It presents the landscape of gender lens investing and analyses strategies used by gender lens investors across the globe. In doing so, it also examines ways in which businesses promote the social and economic empowerment of women and correlates investment strategies. The report studies patterns and draws insights about the evolution of the strategies, the financial instruments used in adopting them and regions where they are implemented.


Guidance for Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Monitoring and Mitigation within Non-GBV Focused Sectoral Programming – Care (2014)

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Care, 2014 – 32 pages

This document aims to address the increasing demand for clear guidance on how to practically and ethically monitor and mitigate GBV within non-emergency, international development programming, in which GBV is not a specific programmatic component. Specifically, it provides recommendations for preventing and/or responding to unintentional risk, threat, or violence against individuals related to programmatic interventions. These recommendations describe ways to take stock of the programmatic environment regarding GBV in general, as well as targeted suggestions on how to track GBV-related incidents and issues throughout the programme cycle.

Toolkit for Integrating Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response into Economic Growth Projects – USAID (2014)

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USAID, 2014 – 82 pages

This practical toolkit describes and explains linkages between WEE and GBV. It offers background and practical guidance on how to address GBV in economic growth and trade projects across the programme cycle. The toolkit covers four overarching themes:

  • How and why economic growth projects can play a critical role in addressing GBV.
  • How GBV can affect and undermine the outcomes of economic growth projects.
  • Different contexts to consider when integrating GBV prevention and response into economic growth projects.
  • Practical ideas and strategies for integrating GBV prevention and response into economic growth projects.

Main takeaways include:

  • Engage the technical support of a specialist in GBV prevention and response.
  • Conduct gender analysis and GBV risk assessment to avoid harm.
  • Elevate women and girls as leaders and agents of change in programming and policy.
  • Engage men as allies in GBV prevention and response in projects intended for women’s economic advancement.