‘Asia Gender-Smart Investing Forum’ by Gobi Partners and WeEmpowerAsia

Date: Monday, October 11, 2021

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What: The Asia Gender-Smart Investing Forum will discuss the foundations and applications of gender-smart investing in Asia. This 2-day forum aims to bring together industry leaders from across the region to provide investors, entrepreneurs, corporates, and advocacy organizations and provide them with guidance and good practices to advance women's economic empowerment and women in leadership roles through gender-smart investing.

The Forum consists of four seminars covering the below topics:

  • “ESG Integration Drives Inclusive Innovation and Growth”
  • “Introduction to Gender-Smart Investment Tools and Frameworks”
  • “The Gold in Inclusive Investing in Bringing Financial Returns”
  • “Building an Inclusive Ecosystem – Bringing Women-owned Businesses and Investors Together”

Highlighting how the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) help promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community, WeEmpowerAsia will also give a snapshot of its ‘WE Rise Toolkits’ developed in the framework of the WEPs to provide actionable steps to unlock the power of gender inclusivity and show how gender equality means good business.

The Forum is presented by Gobi Partners and co-organized with UN Women's WeEmpowerAsia programme funded by the European Union, whose partnership aims to advance women’s economic empowerment and leadership in Asia with the joint development of an ecosystem that champions women entrepreneurs and women-led and/or women-supported businesses.

Registration: Please register your participation here.

When: November 2-3, 2021 (see agenda)

Where: Zoom – registrants will receive an automated email with a link to the session(s) they have registered for

Social Media: Follow the hashtags #WeEmpowerAsia and #GenderSmartInvesting for live updates on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels @unwomenasia and @GobiPartners.

Relevant Knowledge Product: Please check out WeEmpowerAsia’s publication on “Women Leaders in Gender Lens Investing” here.

Media Contact:

Minji Kwag
International Communications Consultant, WeEmpowerAsia,
UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific
Email: minji.kwag@unwomen.org


About WeEmpowerAsia
WeEmpowerAsia is a UN Women programme funded by and in partnership with the European Union that aims to increase the number of women who lead and participate in business in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. Launched in 2019, its purpose is to advance inclusive and sustainable growth and build more gender-sensitive trade and supply chains between European and Asian markets through the Women’s Empowerment Principles focus. To learn more, visit http://weempowerasia.org.

About UN Women
UN Women is the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, the organization was established in 2010 to accelerate progress on women's rights worldwide. UN Women's efforts are based on the fundamental belief that every woman has the right to live a life free from violence, poverty, and discrimination, and that gender equality is a prerequisite to achieving global development. To learn more, visit https://www.unwomen.org.

About Gobi Partners
Gobi Partners is the most interconnected Pan-Asian venture capital firm with US$1.2 billion in assets under management (AUM) across North Asia, South Asia, and ASEAN. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai, the firm supports entrepreneurs from the early to growth stages and focuses on emerging and underserved markets. Founded in 2002, Gobi has raised 13 funds to date, invested in over 270 startups and nurtured 9 unicorns. Gobi has grown to 13 locations across key markets in Bangkok, Beijing, Dubai, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Karachi, Kuala Lumpur, Lahore, Manila, Riyadh, Shanghai, and Singapore. As a Participant of the United Nations Global Compact, Gobi Partners is committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption to ensure long-term value creation and sustainability across our portfolio. To learn more, visit https://www.gobi.vc.