April 19, 10:00 – 12:00 EST
Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat – 199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa ON K1N 1K6
Are you an Ottawa-based civil society organization working to advance gender equality? Do you want to understand how to leverage the power of financial systems to support your social change agenda? Are you interested in learning about gender lens investing and how your work can intersect with and shape the emerging field?
Criterion Institute invites you to join us for our signature TOOLKIT workshop designed to deepen the ability of those working on gender equality to use finance as a social change strategy. The 2-hour TOOLKIT workshop will equip participants to translate their knowledge, data sets, and expertise on gender equality to the language of finance.
Whether you are an advocate in a women’s rights organization, a community development facilitator in a nonprofit organization, a feminist movement actor, or a gender mainstreaming advisor within a donor agency, this TOOLKIT workshop is designed to help you unpack finance systems while simultaneously exploring possibilities of how you might use systems of finance as a tool to advance gender equality goals. Regardless of your starting place, experience, or comfort with finance you will find that the TOOLKIT workshop creates a much-needed bridge between gender equality actors and the world of finance.
Criterion’s TOOLKIT methodology utilizes a framework of five strategies for using finance for social change. Working within the strategies, the TOOLKIT will introduce participants to the terminology of finance – from different types of financial instruments and vehicles that facilitate the movement of capital to the various institutions, professional roles, and structures that govern the system – in order to uncover leverage points and opportunities to influence the system.
The workshop will be led by gender lens investing pioneer, Joy Anderson, founder and president of the Criterion Institute. Joy will serve as your guide to the leading edge of what’s possible at the intersection of gender and finance.
This is a unique opportunity to expand your financial imagination and explore possibilities for using finance to advance gender equality goals. You will leave this workshop with a new understanding of your power to influence finance and use the system as a tool that contributes to the change you’d like to see in the world.