India Launches Alliance for Global Good – Gender Equity and Equality

On February 28th 2024, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani launched the logo and website for the Alliance for Global Good – Gender Equity and Equality. The alliance marks India’s leadership in spearheading global action for women empowerment under its G20 presidency.

Genesis of the Alliance

The alliance traces its origins to the G20 Leaders’ Declaration at the recent summit hosted by India. It fulfills Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of facilitating international partnerships and investments for gender equality aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Key launch event dignitaries included Mr Bill Gates, co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Objectives and Focus Areas

The alliance aims to bring together governments, industry, philanthropic and multilateral organizations to accelerate progress on improving women’s health, education, and livelihoods.

It focuses on knowledge sharing, collaborations and channelizing funds into evidence-based interventions that empower women and girls globally. Through collective action across sectors, the initiative seeks to boost female workforce participation and entrepreneurship.

Supporting Partners

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a key sponsor, underlining its long-standing emphasis on gender issues reflected across the foundation’s health, poverty alleviation and social welfare programs.

The CII anchors the alliance through its Center for Women Leadership. Other partners include the World Economic Forum as a network collaborator and Invest India as an institutional partner.

More members from the private sector, social enterprise domain and policy institutions are expected to join the alliance going forward.

Logo Significance

The logo unveiled symbolizes the collective strength of the alliance while being inspired by Lord Ganesha as the patron of wisdom and new beginnings.

The English alphabet “e” depicts equity and equality as the central theme. Parallel lines in tri-colors represent unified action by cross-sector partners to economically empower women at scale.

The red dot signifies prosperity as the alliance invests in scalable solutions that accelerate women’s development.

Roadmap and Initiatives

According to the Women and Child Development Minister, the alliance has managed to mobilize worldwide commitments just 72 hours after its announcement in Davos. This signifies global confidence in Indian leadership to drive this agenda.

Upcoming milestones include instituting governance structures, onboarding new partners and launching flagship initiatives around digital skills building, rural entrepreneurship, finance and health security for women.

Annual reports and convenings are also planned to monitor progress through field impact and insights from women change-makers.


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