Pressing for Change
With women entrepreneurs, we’re influencing change to close the gender gap in entrepreneurship.
The voices of women entrepreneurs
We listen to women entrepreneurs. We do research and gather insights from our programmes in low and middle income countries. And we share our evidence to inform global and national policy making processes.
Our research includes thematic policy reports focusing on key issues for women entrepreneurs, most recently COVID-19, and gender stereotypes. Watch our CEO present the key findings of our latest report as part of our November 2021 Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business Summit.
Our annual audit of women entrepreneurs’ experiences provides an invaluable state of sector analysis on the key challenges, motivations and recommendations from women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries.
Making change happen
We amplify women entrepreneurs’ voices globally, through sharing our evidence and their stories and solutions, and by advocating for policy and practice changes that will make the most difference to their businesses and lives.
For example, we network, comment on, and speak at relevant global and regional events to ensure that positive change, investment and support for women entrepreneurs are on the agenda. Read our calls to G7 leaders to put women front and centre of the global economic recovery from COVID-19.
We’ll be advocating for women entrepreneurs at the UN’s upcoming Commission on the Status of Women, focusing on tackling gender stereotypes. Read of calls for change here (from page 40 of the report).
We equip women entrepreneurs with relevant advocacy, influencing and leadership skills so they can better shape their local entrepreneurial environment. Read an update about our influencing and leadership work here. We’ll be continuing this work into 2022, check back on our blog for updates.
Turning the tables: using advocacy training to shape entrepreneurial systems
Our Senior Advocacy Advisor, Sini Maria Heikkila, reflects on our inaugural leadership, influencing and advocacy training in Nigeria
G7 Summit: time to put women front and centre of the global economic recovery
Our CEO Helen McEachern and Fatou Haidara, Managing Director of UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization) share their thoughts on putting women front and centre of the global economic recovery.
Panel Discussion: Tearing Down the Gender Stereotypes in Entrepreneurship
A panel discussion from the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s 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.
Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business
Our recent Women Entrepreneurs Mean Business global virtual summit was a key moment in our work to press for change for women entrepreneurs.
In November 2021, the summit brought together business leaders, policymakers, economic empowerment practitioners, women entrepreneurs themselves and others interested in advancing women’s entrepreneurship across the world. Together, we set out the clear case for eradicating the gender gap in entrepreneurship and supporting women entrepreneurs, identifying strong calls to action for different stakeholders at every level.
You can watch all the content broadcast across the four days, focused on challenging gender stereotypes, inclusive supply chains, digital futures and the next generation of women entrepreneurs.
Using our voice
Take a look at examples of how we use our voice to advocate for change, through thought-leadership, speaking on the global stage at events, and through media engagement.