Panel discussion: Equality in Supply

A panel discussion about equality in supply chains for the Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business summit, exploring and challenging the gender stereotypes holding women entrepreneurs back from success and equality. Because we won’t wait 250+ years for women to have economic equality.

Because we won’t wait 250+ years for women to have economic equality.


Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business (9 to 19 November 2021) sought to galvanise urgent action to tackle gender stereotypes, with an incredible line-up of celebrated women entrepreneurs, high profile thought leaders on women’s economic empowerment, policymakers, academics, activists. Together, the Foundation, speakers and attendees are united by a common refusal to wait the 250+ years it is currently predicted to take for women to have economic equality with men.

Day two—”Inclusive Supply Chains: creating equal opportunities for women in supply chains”—featured a panel with Heather Kipnis, Sr. Operations Officer – Global Lead, Entrepreneurship and Inclusive Business at IFC, Norah Odwesso Senior Director, Social Impact at The Coca-Cola Company, and Nina Patil, Founder of Fresh Express India and Cherie Blair Foundation for Women alumna. In a discussion moderated by Sarah Kitakule, Private Sector Development Specialist and Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Trustee, they discussed building more resilient supply chains with equal opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

Together, these sessions and the Foundation’s research report on the impact of gender stereotypes on women entrepreneurs set out the clear case for eradicating the gender gap in entrepreneurship and supporting women entrepreneurs, as well as identifying strong calls to action for different stakeholders at every level.