Gendered Violence and Inequality as a Business Issue in Emerging Markets

Stream: Looking Ahead to Beijing+30: what is challenging our understanding of gendered violence and what should be the research imperatives in the coming decade?
Date: Thursday, 12 February 2015
Time: 4.00 pm – 5.30 pm


Businesses in Papua New Guinea have recently come together to fight gendered violence and promote gender equality. They are primarily joining forces because they recognize the direct and indirect costs associated with violence against women and the related social norms of inequality. In this context, businesses cannot access, retain, and promote the talent they need to thrive. This presentation will share the story of the Coalition and some members; present recent research by the World Bank Group on gendered violence; and point to research gaps and priorities related to the private sector in emerging markets.


Amy Luinstra (Presenter), Senior Operations Officer – Gender, East Asia Pacific, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group)
Ms. Luinstra is a Senior Operations Officer responsible for gender programs across East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) at the International Financial Corporation, part of the World Bank Group. Serving in this role from IFC’s Sydney office as of January 2014, Ms. Luinstra leads activities aimed at improving economic empowerment of women in the Pacific as well as gender components of agribusiness projects throughout East Asia. Prior to this, Mr. Luinstra served as the Head of Policy and Research for the Better Work program, a partnership between IFC and the International Labour Organization (ILO) aimed at improving working conditions in the global apparel supply chain. Ms. Luinstra previously worked at the ILO in Geneva and before that as a social protection and labor policy specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC.