This June 3-6 we gathered in Vancouver, Canada with thousands of global leaders for the world’s largest conference on the wellbeing and rights of women & girls.
By drawing upon our decades of experience working with women and girls throughout Latin America, we assembled a broad coalition of organizations, impact investors, social enterprises, activists and thought leaders to create Women Deliver’s Latin America Pavilion. Together, we worked to identify the challenges women and girls in the region face and share solutions to accelerate progress in their lives, families and entire communities.
THE LATIN AMERICA PAVILION The Pavilion brought in hundreds of visitors, and proved to be a bustling spot for learning about the Latin America region, sharing stories, and meeting leaders from a wide range of areas such as gender-based violence and financial inclusion.
The spectacular talent of Colombian graffiti artist Ledania showcased the sheer creative force of Latina artists. A special thank you to Vega Coffee and Guayaki maté for providing a taste of Latin America, and of course to each of our content partners whose digital stories showcased the diversity of programs tackling gender inequality in the region.
GENDER SMART INVESTING
In partnership with Deetken Impact, we launched the Ilu Women’s Empowerment Fund. This fund invests in a diversified portfolio of high-impact businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean that promote women in leadership and governance, products and services that meet the needs of women and girls, gender-sensitive value chains, and workplace equity. The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, has committed U.S. $10 million of senior debt financing to the fund. OPIC’s investment will advance its 2X Women’s Initiative, which has catalyzed more than $1 billion in capital to empower women in developing countries around the world.
We will be focusing on fostering women’s leadership, supporting businesses that value women, and promoting gender equity in the workplace.
Finally, at the Gender Smart investing in Latin America Luncheon, hosted by Microsoft, we gathered leaders from the gender-smart investing field from across the world to discuss investment strategies that seek to intentionally and measurably address gender disparities.
INNOVATHON 2019 30+ organizations from around the world put their creative minds at work to find solutions that tackle gender-based violence. We would like to thank Hivos, Kering Foundation and The Womanity Foundation for joining Pro Mujer in powering this collaborative, experience. Stay tuned to learn more about our findings.
We are deeply grateful to all who supported and participated in our efforts to highlight Latin America and its women. As a sponsor and one of the only exhibitors focusing on the region, Pro Mujer played a critical role representing the region at the largest gathering worldwide on gender equality.
THE LATIN AMERICA PAVILION
The Pavilion proved an opportunity to propel the Latin America region to the world stage, allowing conference visitors to experience a uniquely Latin American space filled with women’s stories, information, and examples of successful development projects. The Pavilion provided three key areas. 1.) A central space that evoked a typical local tienda where visitors could drink coffee and mate and learn about key challenges and innovative solutions to issues that affect Latin America’s women. 2.) a space for creativity and fun, where a prominent Latin American graffiti artist performed on-site, and 3.) a quieter space for one-on-one conversations and meetings.
PRE-EVENT: GENDER-SMART INVESTING IN LATIN AMERICA LUNCHEON
The Gender-Smart Investing in Latin America Luncheon was an invite-only event, hosted by Pro Mujer and Microsoft. The event gathered leaders from the gender-smart investing field from across the world to discuss investment strategies that seek to intentionally and measurably address gender disparities and share innovative strategies to support gender-smart investing. The event served as an opportunity to present findings, lessons learned and outcomes of projects and research in Latin America. Participants included leaders, experts and decision-makers from funds, development institutions, corporations, foundations, family offices, and government agencies engaged and interested in gender-smart investing. Special thanks to Microsoft for providing the venue. Luncheon generously provided by Oikocredit.
CONCURRENT SESSION: BEYOND FINANCIAL INCLUSION: SKILLS BUILDING AND FINANCIAL EDUCATION
This panel was co-organized by Pro Mujer and IDRC. Conversations took a deep dive into the skills gaps women face related to financial education, as well as entrepreneurial training and workforce development, critical themes for building economic empowerment among women.
PLENARY SESSION: THE POWER OF MONEY – DRIVING EQUITABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH BY INVESTING IN WOMEN.
Maria Cavalcanti, Pro Mujer President & CEO, alongside a leading group of experts spoke about “value for money” investments that yield results – socially and economically -from micro finance and impact investing to changing the way we advertise and invest in the value chain. The idea was to demonstrate real world examples of tangible return on investment. The session was conducted in a conversational interview format with a leading journalist asking questions about the evidence-to-policy and implementation journey, to provide the greatest insights for the audience.
SIDE EVENT: GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE INNOVATHON 2019
Women Deliver participants applied to participate in crowdsourcing creative solutions to preventing and combating gender-based violence. This guided innovation session promoted the emergence of social and cross-sectoral collaboration among social businesses, tech entrepreneurs, activists, NGOs, private corporations and governments. A selection of 50 participants of diverse gender, cultural, professional backgrounds and geographic experiences participated to share successes, failures and innovations against gender-based violence, using guided strategic and design thinking tools.
Special thanks to Hivos, Kering Foundation and The Womanity Foundation for their support.
CONCURRENT SESSION: UNDERSTANDING GAPS AND OPPORTUNITIES OF FINANCIAL INCLUSION FOR WOMEN IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH
This panel was co-organized by Pro Mujer and IDRC. Conversation centered on the challenges and opportunities of financial inclusion for women. We explored finance as a tool for closing the gender gap for women entrepreneurs, and discussed the role of digital financial tools for reaching rural and vulnerable populations.
Invite-only. In an informal and friendly atmosphere, we thanked every partner, founder, and supporter, and briefly reviewed main challenges and opportunities for the region, while presenting findings and notes from the week’s sessions, panels, and events.
Special thanks to Deetken Impact and MEDA for their support.