I spent the last 15 years of my life working in fragile contexts, such as Afghanistan, analysing and working with institutions to prevent and redress serious human rights situations, especially those concerning women.
My biggest takeaways from my experience on the ground as a practitioner, is firstly: funding projects aimed at poverty alleviation, entrepreneurship or education - without simultaneously funding systemic and structural change - will not go far. A woman with tools to till her land can only do so much, without legal rights to the land.
Secondly, no investment or business is untouched by the realities of child labour or forced labour; unequal pay, unsafe work environments, sexual exploitation and harassment. Funders and investors must understand and appreciate the human impact of their operations but also move from risk-mitigation approaches to taking a firm stand and position on mobilising real transformation towards gender equality.
The United Nations will pass an authoritative General Recommendation (GR) No. 40 in 2024, on the equal and inclusive representation of women in decision-making systems. Singapore, being the center for social innovation, can establish its place in the dialogue to come.
Join a Singapore-led convening for philanthropists and investors on the same to raise more awareness around GR 40, exchange best practices and commit to women's inclusion in policy-making spaces as a precondition to gender equality > email@example.com
For institutions & boards
Take a gender and intersectional approach to your philanthropy, investments and business operations. Let me help you put in place policies and strategies to mainstream gender in your decision-making, and, prevent and mitigate negative impacts (especially if you are in the space of AI and tech).
I can also advise board audits based on UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and other core metrics to define standards, set targets, track performance, and evaluate compliance.
Advisory on integration of gender and human rights into philanthropic grant-making, impact investing and business practices
Develop a positive gender policy and strategy to inform your operations, processes, stewardship of investees which is rooted in participatory and human-first approaches.
Screen potential funding and investments through a gender lens.
Develop robust Governance and structures, Operational Guidelines, Strategic Plan, and, Theory of Change on the same.
Measure impact holistically and communicate impact strategically.
Conduct Gender, Equity and Human Rights Risk Analysis and Impact Assessment