A Month for Imagination: September 2022

CONVERGENCE XIX is an international convening that is designed to expand what is seen as possible. It is optimized for global time zones.

Imagine a world where investors, as standard practice, divest capital from corporations complicit in reinforcing systems of violence and exploitation. Where a speech or a tweet from a movement leader could move markets, channeling investment capital into transformative feminist solutions to climate change and economic inequality.

Imagine if governments required the paid involvement of women’s rights organizations in the design and implementation of private sector initiatives. If measures of economic success were premised on a reimagined understanding of GDP that account for the enormous contributions made by women through unpaid care work. Imagine if we could fundamentally disrupt who holds power within financial systems and re-design them according to feminist principles and frameworks.

Financial systems have historically been intertwined with patriarchy, serving to uphold and reinforce inequality and injustice around the world. Criterion believes we can change that. We believe that systems of finance can become important tools to achieve a feminist future, and that one significant barrier to achieving it may very well be a failure of imagination.

With Convergence XIX, Criterion seeks to create a safe space – where we will bring together thought leaders and practitioners from diverse fields to test ideas, design strategies, build relationships, and uncover new pathways to action.



Criterion Institute and 2X Collaborative are hosting a conversation about how investors are taking action on gender-based violence (GBV). We invite private and public asset owners and managers, DFIs/MDBs, impact and gender lens investing networks, and those looking to address gender inequity and violence to join this interactive discussion about how investors can integrate GBV as part of a comprehensive gender or equity lens and minimize the risks that GBV poses to investment returns.

Learn more and register here

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