Masterclass: Low-income Women and Gender Equality By Business Call to Action and Oxfam

This webinar is about gender equality in supply chains with a specific focus on how this relates to low-income women.

Women currently earn on average 77% of what men do and, at the current rate of progress, it will take at least until 2086 to achieve pay equity in all parts of the world. That’s another 66 years. This isn’t the only news on the status of gender equality.

One billion women don't have a bank account. This diminishes their capacity to save and invest their money; 600 million women are in the most insecure and precarious forms of work.

Smallholder women farmers in sub-Saharan Africa continue to be excluded from the green revolution due to the gender gap in access to land, information, technologies, finance, time and markets. Closing this gender gap could increase their productivity by 20%.

The webinar below focuses on four topics starting with gender equality and why it matters and the role of business in gender equality. We will then look at the key drivers which can propel women’s economic empowerment, and we’ll move on to discussing how the absence of these drivers typically constricts the roles which women, and in particular low-income women, hold within supply chains, limiting productivity and growth for all. We will finish by looking at why this is relevant to businesses and where are the opportunities to act and innovate in order to recognise and enhance the economic contributions of low-income women to our supply chains and the economy.


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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