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Confluence 2016 Annual Practitioner's Gathering: Democracy & Finance

Suzanne will be speaking on March 11.

Investing in women and girls

Reap positive returns for their health and well-being and that of society. It is both an economic and moral imperative – economic because social and financial outlays that raise the status and living conditions of women and girls have tremendous multiplier effects for the economy and a moral imperative because despite progress on some fronts, the fact remains that women endure various forms of discrimination, harassment, violence, marginalization and exclusion across the globe. Gender inequality is the great human rights issue of our time.  What can investors and funders do to address barriers and expand opportunities for women?  This panel will provide examples from the US and abroad of investment opportunities and grant-supported initiatives to support women's empowerment.


  • Suzanne Biegel, Catalyst at Large, and Chief Catalyst, Women Effect

  • Mara Bolis, Deputy Director, Private Sector Development, Oxfam International

  • Lisa Hayles, Institutional Investment Services, Boston Common Asset Management (Moderator)