Resources, tools and templates to help entrepreneurship support organizations to become more inclusive to women in their organization and programs.
Recognizing the commitment from ESOs to engage more women in the entrepreneurship space, our Gender Inclusion Library has been curated to provide ESOs with resources that can support growth across key areas: Organization, Sourcing Entrepreneurs, Programming, Ecosystem and Access to Finance. This is an initial showcase of resources that have been tested alongside a guided self-assessment tool, that enables ESOs to identify their current state of gender inclusivity. Our aspiration is to further develop and curate contextually relevant resources for ESOs — and link these to an in-depth
self-assessment to increase their gender inclusivity. If you'd like to be involved in the development of this initiative please contact us.
This open source curriculum outlines how an introductory session on gender dynamics & bias could be structured. It includes materials & reflection questions. This workshop could be delivered to the team by an internal or external facilitator/trainer.
This comprehensive document gives tools and trainings for women in business to succeed. Module 2.1, The Business Woman: She Can Do It focuses on the top traits needed for business success with activities to practice these key soft skills. (page 65 - 90)
This document provides a checklist ESOs can refer to when designing & delivering programming to support everyone's active & equal participation & in consideration of different learning styles & preferences.
For ESOs that run investment funds, this comprehensive guide provides example activities to reduce gender bias at each stage of the investment process. Here, the guide presents processes & structures we can introduce to ensure we are mitigating any potential biases in the investment committee.
This document takes a close look at why intermediaries such as ESOs and investors may face barriers when thinking about gender inclusion. This 4 page chapter unpacks common challenges that ESOs may face when talking to investors about gender lens investing, and suggests talking points to overcome barriers. Pages 15 - 19.
Often, ESOs will run or connect entrepreneurs to pitching events, but judging without bias can be tricky. This document suggests 4 activities we can do to eliminate bias during judging of innovations and ensure we select innovations in an inclusive manner. Page 36.
This initial iteration of the library has been made possible through support fromThe Next Economy Program.
We are grateful for the insights and lessons shared by Digital Opportunity Trust, Lake Hub, Impact Hub Khartoum and She Leads Africa. We would also like to thank colleagues at Anza, Boost Your Business, Savannah Innovation Labs, Simad iLab, and Westerwelle Arusha for their testing and feedback of the initial iteration of our Gender Self-Assessment Tool.
The Gender Inclusion Library is an initiative of Common Good Company, and is curated by Ani Cammack and Judith Hartl.