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The GICC Gender Innovation Principles are a guide to help your organization join the movement to make innovation and technology work for women and girls. The Principles aim to steer your organization both internally in its innovation process and externally in establishing ways to support women and girls. To guide you along this journey, the GICC has developed a checklist for each Principle. The checklists are a series of questions to guide you, as well as a list of aims to strive for in your organization.  


Make a High-level Corporate Commitment to Adopt a Gender Responsive Approach to Innovation

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  • Does your organization have stated goals around gender diversity and inclusiveness?

  •  Is the Senior Leadership championing gender diversity and inclusiveness?

  •  Are you tailoring your activities to the specific needs of women and men?

  •  Do you routinely use gender analysis tools to review your management and business practices?

  •  Do you communicate on the importance of gender diversity in your industry?


Design Innovations that Include Women as End Users

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  • Who’s in the room when you start designing?

  • Does your organization include women as co-creators of innovation?

  • Do you include gender experts in the various ideation and research phases?

  • Do you have tools to analyze needs of various costumer groups?

  • Do you screen if unconscious gender assumptions are built into data collection, data representation, methodology, or prototypes?



Adopt an adaptive approach to implementation to ensure innovations are gender responsive and meet the needs of women

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  • Do you include women in focus groups and as testers?

  • Is the language that you are using is inclusive?

  • Do you ensure innovations are adapted to local contexts and communities’ needs?

  • Do you check if your innovation reinforces existing social roles or stereotypes?

  • Do you assess the numbers of female users compared to men? 

  • Do you use gender-related criteria when selected suppliers or implementation partners?  


Evaluate the gender responsive impact using a data driven approach

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  • Are risks and mitigation strategies identified from the design stage?

  • Do you use gender-sensitive indicators and sex-disaggregated data?

  • Do you have systems in place to see if the innovation benefits men and women equally?

  • Do you use gender impact assessments?

  • Is your team trained to collect robust gender data? Do they know how to address unconscious bias?

  • Do you have internal systems in place to report on success and failure?



Scale innovations that provide sustainable solutions to meet the needs of women and girls

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  • Have you laid out what success would look like in the short, medium and long term?

  • How does it include a gender perspective?

  • How do you assess potential gender barriers for scale?

  • Do you continue to assess gender impact in the long-term utilization of your innovation?

  • Do you have a strategy to attract new female talents that can contribute to the development and sustainability of your innovation?