Black women and other women of color continue to be a marginalized and vulnerable group across the world. More so, in underserved populations in low, medium, and high-income countries around the globe. This demographic was also hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic, which highlighted the stark reality of the inequalities they face. Those who were left behind before the pandemic have been left even further behind. Without advocates, access to technology, and essential services they are cut off from life-changing innovations that can elevate the quality of their lives in these unprecedented times.
Following this year’s Meta Theme of representation, the session will be in a conversational setting where the critical questions and issues concerning women and girls of color are collaboratively addressed through our shared experiences as social entrepreneurs, women, and an impact-driven community. We will highlight issues facing women and girls of color such as lack of equal access and opportunities, maternal and infant death, medical negligence, and high mortality in Black women due to racial bias. We will explore building partnerships and setting up social franchising systems to create a better world for underserved communities. We will examine creating an inclusive future through impact investing and the indirect scaling strategies we can leverage and implement to reach our collective goal as an impact industry that is keen on representation and inclusivity. We will highlight women supporting women through advocacy and innovation, women representing other women and girls of color, and lowering barriers to equity and inclusivity.
Audiences will learn from other attendees how we can build a fair and inclusive global community in response to the global pandemic, the transformative potential of social ventures for vulnerable groups, as social entrepreneurs share their impact-driven innovations, and how they are solving complex problems in underserved communities around the world.