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Spotlight on gender in South East Asia social investment summit

Press Releases /12 February 2020

Bali, 12 February 2020— Gender equality and women’s economic empowerment are high up on the agenda as more than 250 regional and global impact investing leaders gather in Bali on 12 to 14 February to address social and environmental challenges in the region.

The AVPN South East Asia Social Investment Summit brings together impact investing leaders in the region, highlighting the role of impact investors in development.

Gender lens investing (GLI), the practice of using capital to advance gender equality as well as generate financial returns, will be an integrated theme at the Summit, where delegates can showcase experiences, keep abreast of industry trends and find collaborators and investable business opportunities.

The first day of the Summit features a workshop on the definition of and entry points for GLI, as well as applying a gender lens throughout the investment process. A breakout session is scheduled on the second day about GLI as a growing trend in impact investing.

The Summit, with the theme “Leveraging the power of networks,” is organised by AVPN (Asian Venture Philanthropy Network), a unique Pan-Asian network that supports social investors and philanthropists to deploy capital effectively into the impact sector.

To promote gender equality through capital markets, Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government that promotes inclusive growth through women’s economic empowerment in the region, has partnered with AVPN for the Summit.

“Wherever you are on the capital spectrum, there are opportunities to integrate a gender lens, if you look to create stronger social impact along with strong financial returns”, said Julia Newton-Howes, CEO of Investing in Women.

“We are excited to partner with AVPN to inaugurate its first South East Asia conference, which serves to galvanize collective action on the region’s most pressing gender, social, and environmental challenges.”

Naina Subberwal Batra, CEO and Chair of AVPN, echoed this excitement, noting the opportunity through the Summit to “raise collective awareness of the importance and benefits of gender lens investing amongst Asian capital providers.”

“With a membership of more than 600 social investors and our deep local networks in each of the Investing in Women target countries in South East Asia, we are bringing together a vibrant community of practice for the broader social finance community.”


About Investing in Women

Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government, catalyses inclusive economic growth through women’s economic empowerment in South East Asia.  Investing in Women uses innovative approaches to improve women’s economic participation as employees and as entrepreneurs in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Myanmar through: Workplace Gender Equality (WGE) – We support Business Coalitions who work with influential businesses on shifting workplace cultures, practices and policy barriers to achieve WGE; Impact Investment for Women’s SMEs – We partner with Impact Investors and ecosystem builders to expand market opportunities for women, with a view to incentivising and catalysing access to capital for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) – led by and responsive to the needs of women; and Influencing Gender Norms – We work with partners to positively shift attitudes and practices to support women in the world of work. In collaboration with corporations and business leaders, impact investors, entrepreneurs and advocates, we are working with those who are driving change for women’s economic equality in our region. For more information visit,

About Investing in Women

AVPN is a unique funders’ network headquartered in Singapore with over 600 members. AVPN is committed to building a vibrant and high impact social investment ecosystem across Asia. AVPN’s mission is to catalyse more strategic and collaborative social investment in Asia from philanthropy to impact investment, ensuring that resources are deployed as effectively as possible to address key social challenges facing Asia today and in the future. For more information, please visit


Media Contact: 

Partnership Advisor in Impact Investing, Investing in Women
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Indonesia Country Manager, Investing in Women
+62 811 131 0081

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