Shamistha Selvaratnam engages with various stakeholders to build a movement to incentivise the private sector to drive gender equality and women’s empowerment across their entire value chain. Before she joined the WBA, she worked as a corporate lawyer in Australia where she advised businesses on how to align with international and domestic business and human rights standards. She also co-authored a chapter of The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development: A Commentary, which focuses on the critical role that women play in achieving sustainable development.
The gender data gap is at the root of perpetual, systemic discrimination against women, and it has created a pervasive but invisible bias with a profound effect on women’s lives. In fact, most workplace and supply chain management systems do not include a gender lens to account for women’s unique needs and rights, which prevents women from thriving in or even entering the supply chain workforce. Mainstreaming gender-sensitive dimensions across the different policies and processes is essential to promote gender equality and advance women across supply chains. In this session, we will explore how the lack of gender data leads to gaps in knowledge and solutions across product development, workplaces, global supply chains, and customer engagement.
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