THE BOTTOM LINE: WHY GENDER INCLUSION IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS

POLICY BRIEF ON THE CHALLENGES FACED BY WOMEN WHEN TRYING TO PARTICIPATE IN BUSINESSES AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT FOR BUSINESSES TO BE MORE GENDER INCLUSIVE
Over 30% of small and growing businesses (SGBs) are owned by women, playing a key role in driving economic growth and social development. However, women’s potential is limited by systemic challenges such as: limited access to finance or capacity building opportunities and cultural restraints that marginalize women and limit them to non-public spheres of life. Given these challenges, it is important to understand why gender inclusion is good for business ecosystems, and how businesses can begin operationalizing gender inclusion in a practical way. Although there are diverse ways to instill gender inclusivity in organizations, this brief specifically examines how inclusive gender staffing can be achieved, and why it is an effective method through which to achieve a stronger organizational culture of inclusion.


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