UN Women, International Capital Market Association and IFC launch new guide on the use of sustainable bonds to advance gender equality

UN Women, IFC and the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) have launched a new practical guide to using sustainable bond issuances to advance gender equality, entitled “Bonds to Bridge the Gender Gap: A Practitioner’s Guide to Using Sustainable Debt for Gender Equality”. Gender inequalities persist in every country and society around the world but COVID-19 has revealed how the crisis has disproportionally affected women. With less than a decade remaining to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, financing solutions that drive gender equality must be accelerated. Global debt capital…

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UN Women and AFD unveil new Report on Public Development Banks’ contributions to advancing gender equality

UN Women and the Agence française de développement (AFD) have launched the “Public Development Banks Driving Gender Equality” report, with learnings from participating institutions on their contribution to gender equality. The launch took place at the “Gender Equality, Climate Change and Funding” thematic session on the 20 October, organized by the two institutions in the context of the Finance in Common Summit (FICS) – Gender Equality on 19 and 20 October 2021 in Rome. The report celebrates accomplishments and renews the sense of urgency, accountability, ambition, and transformative possibility around…

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Secret Deodorant Announces Partnership With Serena Williams to Advance Gender Equality

At the 2020 MAKERS Conference in Los Angeles, Secret Deodorant, a longtime champion of women’s equality and advocate for female athletes, announced a new partnership with Serena Williams to further progress gender equality and pledged an additional $1 million in support of equality programs. As the archetype of strength, determination and perseverance to achieve her goals and break records, Williams offers her unique experience and perspective as a female athlete and change agent. To begin, she and Secret are conducting a study on “Gender Inequality in Sports” to explore gender…

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Camden Town Brewery And Arsenal Create Female Foosball Table To Encourage Gender Equality In Pubs

MORE than half (53%) of Brits think that women’s football is underrepresented in UK pubs and bars. Launching in time for International Women’s Day, as the official beer partner of Arsenal FC Camden Town Brewery is raising awareness of the gender imbalance in British pubs by creating an all female foosball table. It follows research revealing only 14% of pub patrons have seen a women’s football match at their local in the past year, but the majority (52%) said they would like to see the presence of the women’s game…

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IFC, Stock Exchanges Partner for 6th Annual Ring the Bell Events for Gender Equality

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is partnering with more than 80 stock exchanges in the global Ring the Bell for Gender Equality initiative to celebrate International Women’s Day 2020. This annual event encourages the private sector to expand opportunities for women as leaders, employees, entrepreneurs, and consumers to promote sustainable development. Closing socio-economic gaps between men and women helps drive business and economic growth and improves the lives of families and communities. Strengthening gender equality increases resiliency to violence and conflict. “Women are fundamental to inclusive growth…

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