objectives of the GICC principles

The Gender Innovation Principles serve as a guide for any organization trying to adopt a gender-responsive approach, suggesting entry points and actions to be undertaken.

The Principles aim to set standards and bring together like-minded organizations that are open to sharing their experiences and knowledge to accelerate progress in their respective sectors. The Principles engage GICC members and signatories to look at the effects their innovations have on people’s lives, especially for women and girls, and to improve their organizational and business practices.

The Principles provide private and public sector organizations with a benchmark for how to include women and their needs throughout the innovation lifecycle, so that they are at the heart of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the innovation process. Our main objectives are as follows:

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1. Advance understanding of gender-responsive innovation

A gender-responsive approach means going beyond acknowledging and raising awareness of gender gaps, to make sure women’s and men’s concerns and experiences are equally integrated in the design of innovative products and services and that due consideration is given to gender norms, roles and relations.

Signatories are encouraged to go beyond acknowledging the need for gender equality in innovation roles, to taking action throughout their innovation cycle to ensure women’s needs are incorporated at every phase.

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2. Create a space for dialogue and knowledge exchange

Innovation and technology impact our daily lives, yet there are very few spaces where industry leaders, policy makers, civil society, and users can discuss potential risks and new tools that can be developed to innovate responsibly. This includes detecting errors, correcting biases and ensuring the next generation of innovation is gender-responsive and benefits everyone, equally.

Signatories are encouraged to share information, identify areas for research and speak publicly on challenges and opportunities of adopting a gender-responsive approach to innovation.

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3. Encourage action and adoption of best practices

There is limited guidance and resources available to support institutions trying to integrate gender-responsiveness throughout their innovation cycles and to strengthen their commitment to reach gender equality. The GICC is a platform that shares best practices for organizations seeking to adopt new processes and take concrete steps towards lasting change.

Signatories are encouraged to take action to review their current approach to gender-responsive innovation, identify areas for improvement, document their experience to share with other stakeholders and develop a common set of tools and evidence.