the GICC gender Innovations principles

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

 
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  • Review existing gender equality practices as it relates to innovation and consider how women can be better integrated in the innovation process
  • Embed this thinking into the purpose of the organization
  • Make a commitment to include women as innovators, stakeholders and end users throughout each of the five key innovation phases
  • Identify current innovation initiatives within the organization that currently need more women participants and take steps to fill these gaps
  • Communicate to the organization around the commitment and create a call to action for women to register to be involved
 
 
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Design Innovations that Include Women as End Users

 
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  • Include women in the idea generation process and make sure women are well represented on any mission control governance panels

  • Dependent on size of organisation try and utilise a curated innovation platform to engage as many women as possible within the organization

  • Consider both women and men as end users of the innovation.

  • Include women users in the process such as research, development, implementation and review

  • Ensure the specific needs of women have been identified at the ideation stage

  • Engage women in the design phase to test whether the innovation meets this needs assessment

  • Ensure the needs assessment considers the diverse intersectional needs of women by accounting for the overlapping nature of gender race, class, ethnicity religion and sexual orientation.

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

 
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  • Enroll women as end users of the innovation to ensure innovations are adapted as needed and meet the needs of women

  • Obtain feedback from women, as end users, the on the innovation throughout its development

  • As required adopt an adaptive approach to innovations, implementing the feedback of women as end users to ensure the innovations are fit for purpose

  • Ensure innovations developed are adapted to local contexts, accounting for the diverse needs of women

  • As part of the innovation stakeholder engagement strategy include women throughout the innovation implementation phase of the innovation cycle.

 
 
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Evaluate the gender responsive impact using a data driven approach

 
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  • Develop a measure that considers the impact on women and focus on outcomes rather than outputs

  • Cultivate innovations that can be measured at milestones

  • Understand the data gaps and use other real-time information to inform decisions

  • Evaluate solutions and use this to inform an assessment of impact on women and girls both in and outside of the organization

  • Review the innovation process for improvements and consider the key lessons learnt from a gender perspective. Take learnings from previous innovation projects the organization has conducted previously if applicable

  • Report on key lessons learnt and recommendations for future innovations.

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

 
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  • Assess innovation from the design phase for scalability.

  • Assess innovations for application in different countries and contexts being cognizant of local cultures

  • Assess possible partnerships from the beginning that include organizations that champion gender equality

  • Empower women to pursue ideas that are for the collective good not just profit

  • Engage women in the sustainability development planning process.

  • Assess how the innovation can include women in the scaling and long-term development process.  

  • Engage women in the testing and beta phases of innovation projects

  • Include women as developers and/or partners of the innovation