What is the largest emerging market? Guess what, it is not China or India…
What is the opportunity that could add $28 Trillion to GDP by 2025? No, it is not Artificial Intelligence…

Based on Gonzales and others 2015 report, we could observe that we have a perfect correlation between GDP and Gender Inequality. Now that said, closing the Gender labor Gap could add $28 Trillion to global GDP by 2025. Also and more than that, Investing in Women pays dividends: When women earn a competitive income, they spend 90% of it on their households; food, healthcare, and education.

Challenges are multiple and studies show: Women, much more so than men, face barriers to get the financing they need to grow their businesses; and when it comes to the workplace, men earn higher salaries than women do. The good news is we can do better…

Beyond being right to Invest in Women and Gender inequality, it is the smart approach to seed and builds a generational impact. That why investing in women is an all genders challenge that required support, implication, collaboration, and engagement of Man and Women, where active listening, diversity and inclusion, and common goals are the basics.

It is not a fight or a resistance, it is the ability to unlock the potentials of every woman and girl to speak, create, learn and innovate, build a career; influence and support others. Moreover, before seeking Women In leadership, time for raising women to take the first steps and showcasing, hands in hands, women empowered…

What it is sure, no one had the perfect solution but through direct investments, gender advice and operational support, a mentoring system, safe spaces and network creation, success stories showcase…  those areas could be some best practices and/or starting blocks to Investing in Women

November 30th is my Mum Birthday, and one of the best sustainable gifts that I could make for here is to serve for Women & Girls and, based on the values that she seeds on me, dedicate my humble experiences, skills, and networks to seed better future throughout empowerment, inspiration, networking, mentoring (no shadowing), acting locally and connected globally.

“The difference between a broken community and a thriving one is the presence of women who are valued”

– Michelle Obama

About the Author:

Yassine Bentaleb (C37) is an entrepreneur and consultant, with a strong interest in Human Empowerment, Civic Engagement, Social Innovation, and the 4th Industrial Revolution (Tech4Good). He holds a Master of Engineering in Information Systems from Mohammedia School of Engineers (2010), accumulated rewarding experiences with different corporates and international NGOs and a Certified Executive Coach from Marshall Goldsmith (2017). Yassine is also a Global Shaper (WEF Community), founder of The Moroccan Butterfly initiative, founder of CitizenUp CivicTech platform, and a US Professional Fellow on Civic Engagement (2018). Yassine currently serves as an Atlas Corps Fellow at Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship dedicated to the Women’s Economic Empowerment initiative to build a stronger pipeline of program-ready, female-led and/or female-focused social entrepreneurs, Partnership development with other organizations with networks of female-led/focused social entrepreneurs in the Bay Area & around the world and Analysis of the major barriers for women-led/focused social enterprises.