Female leaders across the world steered their countries with resolve and compassion through the pandemic crisis and many of the most successful responses emerged from women-led countries: Taiwan, Germany, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. But even with growing representation in leadership in some countries, women all over the world are still subject to discriminatory laws, unequal pay, lack of access to healthcare, education and business opportunities. And yet, through it all, women still drive an enormous amount of the economic activity in the world (over $18T) with women-owned/operated small businesses playing a critical role driving economic growth and providing livelihoods for their communities and families. In partnership with One Young World and Lead2030, we want to continue to support and promote women in business because we know that women’s economic empowerment is crucial to realizing women’s rights, gender equality and drives sustainability.
Every year, AB InBev engages with millions of small business partners, many female owned or operated, across its value chain, from small scale farmers growing crops to micro-retailers engaging with consumers. These small businesses often lack access to formal business skills, affordable financial products or business infrastructure and it can limit their ability to grow and thrive, and to provide an adequate income for their families. In addition to supporting business and financial inclusion, solving environmental issues is essential to women’s empowerment. Women and girls are more likely to suffer from water and sanitation issues, air pollution and environmental degradation.
The challenge welcomes solutions from an innovative female founded company that provide solutions to or solves any of the following:
The winning solution will join the third cohort of organisations supported by the 100+ Accelerator. Participation in the program includes three key elements:
One Young World (OYW) is the premier global forum for young leaders. At the annual Summit, the brightest talent from every country and sector debate and devise innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. They are counselled by influential business, political, and humanitarian leaders such as Paul Polman, Justin Trudeau and Muhammad Yunus, amongst many other global luminaries. The OYW Ambassador community of 10,000 young leaders has collectively impacted 17.5 million people to date.