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UNFPA Gender Innovation Mapping Challenge

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is pleased to invite you to take part in our Gender Innovation Mapping Exercise.


Innovators around the world are making progress for gender equality. Whether from startups (including social enterprises) and grassroots organizations or governments and multilateral organizations, innovative solutions with gender equality at the center have the potential to help realize Sustainable Development Goal 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower women and girls.

UNFPA is conducting a global mapping exercise to explore the role of innovation in promoting gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment, and to identify where, how, and for whom such innovations are taking place, as well as what can be learned from these experiences.

The UNFPA Gender Innovation Mapping calls on diverse innovators operating in regions where UNFPA works to submit their innovations — new and novel products, services, and initiatives — that are addressing gender inequality. We especially welcome examples that align with our organization’s priorities on women and girls’ empowerment, ending gender-based violence (GBV) and harmful practices (HP), sexual and reproductive health and rights, and bodily autonomy (in relation to SDGs 3 and 5).

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Entrepreneurial ecosystems help move gender innovation forward. By participating in this mapping exercise and sharing your experiences via this survey, you will play a role in increasing awareness of innovative work that is happening across the globe, as well as play a role in increasing opportunities for collaboration between innovators and the organizations that support them. Additionally, UNFPA wants to learn from you (what works, what does not work, what’s needed) and amplify your work to address gender inequality through innovation.

Submissions to this survey will be included in the UNFPA gender innovation mapping, and select innovations may be featured in the report. The findings will be shared with stakeholders within and outside the United Nations system to both amplify innovative work and spark opportunities for collaboration.

For more information and further enquiries, please contact Sylvia Wong ([email protected]) and Mariama Kabia ([email protected]).DeadlineWe invite you to share your experiences and complete this form by Friday, 15 October, 2021 (11:59pm EST, New York time).Who Should Fill Out This SurveyYour Work Has Impact in a UNFPA Region: This call is specifically to highlight and learn about innovations that have impact on women and girls in the following UNFPA focus regions:

  • Arab States
  • Asia & the Pacific
  • East & Southern Africa
  • Eastern Europe & Central Asia
  • Latin America & the Caribbean
  • West & Central Africa

You Identify as an Innovator: The survey is designed for innovators focused on gender equality. These include entities (non profit, for profit, or hybrid) led by entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs that are creating something new or novel to improve the lives of women and girls. Innovations can be either early stage (proof of concept, focused on product or service development, over one year in existence) or growth stage (market validation, regular revenue or philanthropic contributions, roughly 3 years of operations). Examples might include a startup that uses technology to help women travel more safely in areas with a high incidence of sexual harassment, a government agency that is creating a platform to dispel harmful gender norms impacting marginalized groups, or a non-profit organization that is developing innovative services to ensure equal pay for women.How to ParticipateThe following form asks for information about the gender inequality issue you are addressing, details about your innovative solution, information about your traction and impact, and questions about your role and perspective in the gender innovation ecosystem.

In your responses, please focus on your main, flagship innovation. If you would like to share additional innovative solutions that you are working on, you are welcome to submit additional responses on separate entries.

The survey takes approvimately 20-30 minutes to complete. Only examples and experiences submitted on this form will be reviewed. Please complete the online form by Friday, 15 October 2021 (11:59pm EST, New York time).

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