SDG 5: Gender Equality & Women Empowerment

Lead Discussants

Ms. Anubha Shrivastava
    Chief Investment Officer
  LGT Impact Investment Advisors

Mr. Kartik Desai
    Executive Director
   Asha Impact

Ms. Aline Buysschaert
    Senior Associate
   KOIS Invest (Sector Expert)

Mr. Ravi Saraogi
   Head - Investor Relations & Products
   Northern Arc (Previously known as IFMR)

Ms. Kshama Fernandez
    Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
  Northern Arc (Previously known as IFMR)

Mr. Vikram Gandhi​
    Founder, Asha Impact Professor
  Harvard Business School

Ms. Jamuna Verghese​​
    Senior Advisor - Inclusive Markets & Impact
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

SDG 5: Gender Equality & Women’s Economic Empowerment​

Empirical studies in the past have indicated a strong correlation between economic and social empowerment of women and bridging the gap in gender inequality. In developed countries, gender equality is primarily associated with institutionalizing certain practices and policies in place. However, the issue surrounding gender equality in India and other developing countries are more deep-rooted with a need for a shift in the mindset of society. While the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) made a start through the MDG 3 in addressing gender inequality, this was limited with only one target of elimination of gender disparity in primary, secondary and tertiary education. As the MDGs make way for the SDGs, the session will explore the impact of SDG 5 so far, critical elements towards ensuring actual equality, the role of different stakeholders, innovative products in the market that address the issues at hand and recommendations that will create an ecosystem that enables easy adoption of the SDG on gender equality.