UN Women, in partnership with the Global Innovation Coalition for Change, a unique alliance with 27 partners from the private sector, non-profit organizations and academic institutions, is hosting the launch of the Gender Innovation Principles. The aim of the gender innovation principles is to build on these approaches by adopting a gender-responsive approach and provide organizations with the benchmark for how to include women and women’s needs throughout the innovation lifecycle.
The event commemorates the official launch of the principles by bringing together CEOs, social entrepreneurs, innovators and thought-leaders to share how innovation, technology and entrepreneurship can be used to advance gender equality and women’s economic empowerment around the world.
Speakers will include UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, fashion designer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and Global Ambassador of international non-profit, The Unmentionables, Kimora Lee Simmons Leissner, Global Deputy Vice Chair of Transaction Advisory Services at EY Julie Hood, President of Essence Communications Inc. Michelle M. Ebanks, and former NFL player and Corporate Inclusion and Culture Advisor Wade Davis II, among others.
The event will also showcase how companies can adopt the Gender Innovation Principles and why this is an important step in creating transformative change in the innovation and technology sector for women and girls.