Masterclass: Gender Equality for Business By Business Call to Action and Oxfam

This webinar is an overview of the main challenges and opportunities within your workforce around gender equality and why it matters for operations and supply chains.

COVID-19 and governments’ measures in response to the pandemic have made visible how critical women’s work is to many businesses in operations and supply chains. It shows how women’s voices, needs and priorities are too often overlooked. This webinar is about how business can identify, value and address women’s priorities, needs and voices.

The World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Gender Gap report found that at the current rate, it will take another 100 years to close the overall gender gap and 257 years to bring about parity in the workplace.

Progress has stalled, the workplace parity statistic has gotten worse, in 2019 this number was 202 years.

Women are paid 23% less than men globally and 600 million women are in the most insecure and precarious forms of work.

Around the world, the percentage of women MPs is only 24.5% which means that women’s voices are absent from key political decision-making spaces.

The webinar below covers four topics starting with gender equality and why it matters, then unpaid care and domestic work and its relevance for businesses. We move on to look at safety in and out of work and consider gender-based violence and how to end violence against women and girls. We will finish with a discussion on the limits of existing audit processes and the importance of going beyond audit.


Kate Cooper, Gender and Private Sector, Oxfam

Kate has over 10 years of experience as an economist in international development specialising in Gender and Private Sector. Her work includes leading the Work and Opportunities for Women programme and the SPRING business accelerator as the Women's Economic Empowerment lead at DFID.

Leena Camadoo, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Oxfam

Leena has 13 years of experience in value chain development and private sector partnerships. Her work includes working across a global network to mainstream WEE and gender equality into programming. Supporting campaigns, events and public communications to demonstrate impact and inspire behaviour change.

Phil Walsh

Phil has spent over 15 years in the Learning and Development industry developing a wide range of experience. He has worked with audiences at many different levels in business and is comfortable working virtually and face to face. Phil is an extremely flexible presenter who is able to tailor his delivery style to suit the situation, audience and crucially the outcomes required. He has experience of working in India, China and North America.

BCtA Team

Luciana Aguiar, Programme Manager, Business Call to Action

For 15 years Luciana has been developing strategies to serve the people living at base of the socioeconomic pyramid for institutions such as IDB, CGAP (World Bank) and national and international foundations. As the Private Sector in Development and Innovation Specialist for the UNDP in Brazil, Luciana developed innovative solutions on inclusive business, finance for development and private social investment.

Rabayl Mirza, Impact Management Specialist, Business Call to Action

Rabayl has a strong track record of supporting organisations and companies manage and measure their impact. As Senior Manager for the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation function at the Aman Foundation, the social impact fund of the Abraaj Group, she put in place an impact framework and institutionalized evidence-based decision-making.

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