Seminars Gender Investment & Innovation

Public Seminar: Investing in Gender Equality for a Sustainable Future for All

Organized by: Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Supported by: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
 
In a rapidly changing political, social, economic and environmental context, it is a necessity to maximize the power of both men and women in order to build an inclusive and sustainable society that is more prosperous for all. Many studies have shown that women's active participation has a significant impact on both societies and economies. In recent years, good practices of an acceleration of gender equality through investing have emerged. These have been achieved by the products of gender-lens investing which promote women-supported businesses and access to finance for female entrepreneurs, while contributing to the development of local economies and societies. 

In order to create and promote sustainable social impact by investing in gender equality, further cross-sectoral partnerships and collaborations are needed. In addition to the social sector, proactive involvement from the private sector with economic incentives, alongside the public sector, are the key for more innovative approaches. 

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation will be holding a public seminar as an opportunity to consider value creation, expansion of economic opportunities and social impact by investing in gender equality, while exploring possibilities for public-private partnerships. Guest speakers include: Council members of the Gender Equality Advisory Council (GEAC), an independent advisory body on gender equality for G7 leaders; Mr. Ken Shibusawa, who is involved in the public-private partnership Impact Fund for collective actions to tackle social issues; and Ms. Shruti Gonsalves, CEO of Sitara, a group organization of SEWA (Self-Employed Women Workers Association) providing housing finance services for low-income women. We look forward to your participation.

*Please note that this is an in-person event. It will not be streamed online.

Registration

Please register from the registration form provided on this page by 17:00 JST on Wednesday, December 13.

When registering, please double check the email address provided in the form before submitting.

After registration, you will receive a temporary registration confirmation email. Please click the registration completion URL in the email within 24 hours of receiving it to finalize your registration.

If you do not receive this email, please also check the spam email box.

*We will use your registration information for future invitations to seminars and lectures sponsored or supported by SPF.
Contact
Gender Investment and Innovation Program
E-mail: genderspf@spf.or.jp
Tel: +81-3-5157-5280

For media inquiries:
E-mail: spfpr@spf.or.jp
Tel: +81-3-5157-5395

Description

10:30 Opening
10:35 Lecture 1: Recommendations by GEAC "Funding: Investing in Gender Equality"
Widya Handarani (Anda Sapardan) (GEAC 2023 Member, Co-Founder of Sehati)
10:50 Lecture 2: Solving Social Challenges in Emerging Markets and Realizing Inclusive and Sustainable Growth through Impact Fund
Ken Shibusawa (CEO of Shibusawa and Company, Inc., Co-Chair of the Impact Investment Initiative for Global Health (Triple I))
11:05 Lecture 3: Transformative Impact by Investing in Women through Housing Finance
Shruti Goncalves (CEO of SEWA Grih Rin Limited (Sitara))
11:20 Panel Discussion: Investing in Gender Equality through Public Private Partnership to Maximize Social Impact
Panelists:
Maxime Houinato (GEAC 2023 Member, Regional Director for UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office)
Sarah Sands (GEAC 2023 Member, Deputy Chair of British Council)
Widya Handarani (Anda Sapardan) (GEAC 2023 Member, Co-Founder of Sehati)
Shruti Gonsalves (CEO of SEWA Grih Rin Limited (Sitara))

Moderator:
Ken Shibusawa (CEO of Shibusawa and Company, Inc., Co-Chair of the Impact Investment Initiative for Global Health (Triple I))
11:50 Q&A Session
11:55 Closing
Yoichi Fukazawa (Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs)
*The event program is subject to change.

Speakers

Widya Handarani (Anda Sapardan)
Speaker

Widya Handarani (Anda Sapardan)

GEAC 2023 Member, Co-Founder of Sehati

Profile

GEAC 2023 Member and the Co-Founder of Sehati TeleCTG. Sehati TeleCTG is a medical technology company that develops software and IoMT hardware to assist in providing equal access and opportunity to quality women and children healthcare. Sehati TeleCTG is built as the foundation that enables lower cost, high quality, standardized and value-based healthcare which can be experienced by every woman, children and family – an innovation that is useful for effective and efficient healthcare financing and operations through demand planning and predictive analysis. The innovation has earned her acknowledgement as "50 Women in Tech" and drive her to aim more on the policy side to further strengthen impactful Public Private Partnership.

Ken Shibusawa
Speaker

Ken Shibusawa

CEO of Shibusawa and Company, Inc. Co-Chair of the Impact Investment Initiative for Global Health (Triple I)

Profile

CEO of Shibusawa and Company, Inc., a strategic advisory firm for alternative investments, ESG/SDGs alignment and human resource development. Ken Shibusawa also founded Commons Asset Management in 2008, a mutual fund dedicated to deliver long term investment opportunities to the Japanese household. He has extensive market experience at JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs as well as Moore Capital, a global macro hedge fund, where he was the Representative Managing Director of the Tokyo Office. He is also Director of Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives), advisor to the Office of the President, Co-chair of Impact Investment Initiative (Triple I) for Global Health, steering group member of UNDP SDG Impact, and member of Council of New Capitalism, established by Prime Minister Kishida.

Shruti Goncalves
Speaker

Shruti Goncalves

CEO of SEWA Grih Rin Limited (Sitara)

Profile

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of SEWA Grih Rin Limited (Sitara). Shruti Gonsalves has over 21 years of expertise in project finance, appraisal, monitoring and evaluation and development financing, largely in the domain of microfinance and capacity building. She has extensive experience of working with various government ministries both at central and state level, financial institutions, multilateral and bilateral agencies in the area of development finance and financial inclusion, She has dedicated to setting up innovative financial services mechanisms which enable sustainable livelihoods, especially for low-income families and the women working in informal sectors.

Maxime Houinato
Panellist

Maxime Houinato

GEAC 2023 Member, Regional Director for UN Women East and Southern Africa Regional Office

Profile

GEAC 2023 Member and Regional Director for UN Women in East and Southern Africa Regional Office. Maxime Houinato is leading the UN Women's efforts to promote gender equality and empower women in Africa. Prior to joining the UN, between 2000 and 2008, Dr. Houinato held the roles of Deputy Regional Director (West Africa), and Regional Director (Southern Africa) for Oxfam UK. He is a charismatic speaker and has collaborated with various organisations, including UNDP, ILO, and AfDB. At GEAC, he specifically contributes Gender Data to support economic and social policy. He holds a PhD in Applied Sociology, an MBA and a Certificate in Sustainability and Social Impact.

Sarah Sands
Panellist

Sarah Sands

GEAC 2023 Member, Deputy Chair of British Council

Profile

GEAC 2023 Member, GEAC 2021 Chair, and Deputy Chair of British Council. Sarah Sands has edited two British newspapers, The Sunday Telegraph and The Evening Standard and was a former editor of BBC Radio 4's Today programme. She is an honorary fellow of Goldsmiths College, University of London and of Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge. She has been a trustee of Index on Censorship. She is currently a board member of the Berkeley Group, a board member of Channel 4, a partner at Hawthorn Advisors and a trustee of the Science Museum Group.

Latest Events

pagetop