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


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.


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.


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.


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