ACT For Women

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According to the 2022 World Economic Forum Gender Gap Index, India globally ranks in the bottom 5 on women’s economic participation and opportunity.

Research suggests that increasing women’s labour force participation and enabling gender equity at the workplace could add $700+ billion to India’s GDP by 2025. But with emphasis having been on addressing supply and policy level challenges, there has been limited focus on enabling employers as a lever of change.

Our Thesis

The changing nature of employment in India offers a unique opportunity to address gender diversity at the workplace.

An increasing body of evidence suggests that increasing women’s workforce participation can unlock huge value for organisations – with significant impact on talent, innovation, reputation and financial performance.

ACT For Women aims to accelerate India’s progress towards gender equality through innovation and collective action. Our goal is to drive women’s workforce participation by partnering with organisations, with an initial focus on startups, to address demand side barriers to women’s employment.

Generate Insights

Build a body of knowledge for the startup ecosystem by identifying key enablers and sharing recommendations

Build Capacity

Replicate best practices to build scalable models that deliver a clear business case for gender diversity

Catalyse Innovation

Give grants to scale successful models and leverage technology to build platforms that can benefit the startup community

Pact For Gender Parity

If you’re an Indian startup founder, know more about how you can lead the change as a member of our Pact For Gender Parity!