Audiences of all types (e.g., investors, invests, gender-based violence organizations) can identify ways to use their capital to finance the reduction of gender-based violence. Audiences need to match their resources to the context of the companies, sectors, and markets in which they invest. (e.g., geographical, sectoral, type of gender-based violence).The roadmaps on this webpage illustrate ways in which types of audiences can be used to finance the reduction of gender-based violence.

Private Investors

Private investors have the power and flexibility to move capital to address gender-based violence and/or flow resources towards survivors to shift how financial systems support the reduction of gender-based violence.

Financing the Reduction of Gender-Based Violence Through a Private Investors’ lens

Inviting private investors to imagine how to shift power dynamics within financial systems to finance the reduce the reduction of gender-based violence

Audience: Private investors

Types of violence: Workplace, domestic and online

Types of capital: Private equities, private debt

Investment approaches: Due diligence process and process metrics


Criterion Institute’s Process Metrices that Analyze Power Dynamics in InvestingCriterion Institute’s Mitigating the Risks of Gender-Based Violence: A Due Diligence Guide for Investing

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Common Standards on Gender-Based Violence for Private Companies

Creating standards and a framework that private market investors can use to reward and influence practices that mitigate violence and enable survivors to thrive

Audiences: Private investors, investment committees, and impact investors

Type of violence: Workplace violence and domestic violence

Type of capital: Private debt and private equity

Investment approach: Due diligence process, direct investing, and investor engagement


Criterion Institute’s Mitigating the Risks of Gender-Based Violence: A Due Diligence Guide for Investing

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Direct Service Providers

Direct service providers are closest to the ground and have deep expertise in the dynamics of violence prevention and response. Their expertise can inform more effective investment strategies, and investors can use their capital to support and scale direct service providers’ work.

Creating a Holding Company to Bolster Gender-Based Violence Direct Service Providers’ Power

Identifying alternative structures to finance the reduction of gender-based violence

Audiences: Impact investors, gender lens investors, and gender-based violence service providers

Geography: United States

Types of capital: Private debt, private equity, and grants

Sectors: Healthcare, real estate, and financial services

Investment approaches: Blended finance

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