Given the multitude of types of gender-based violence, financing the reduction of gender-based violence is a complex endeavor that requires decision-making regarding the use of resourcing to be supported by different types of analysis. One investment approach is not privileged over another, because all investment approaches work towards the same goal of producing greater intelligence and insight. Investors can only make better decisions if they are using an investment approach that is appropriate for the type(s) of decision(s) that they are trying to make.The roadmaps linked to this landing webpage showcase how to finance the reduction of gender-based violence from a primary perspective.

Political Risk

Violence against women is closely correlated with the stability of states, yet investment methodologies for assessing political risk in a market do not include analyses of violence. Data about violence against women can be incorporated into political risk methodologies to get to better outcomes.

Gender-based Violence and Political Risk Analysis

Developing and testing a methodology that values violence against women as an early indicator of state instability

Audiences: Risk analysts, private investors, pension funds, insurers, government agencies, and corporations

Types of capital: Public equities, public debt, private equity, trade finance, and sovereign debt

Investment approaches: Due diligence process and market analysis

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

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Analysis of Market Risk

Changes in cultural tolerance of gender-based violence can have a significant impact on investment risk: as norms change and tolerance for violence decreased, behaviors that may not have gotten much attention can turn into a source of negative publicity and impact stock price. Investors need a methodology for tracking norms change as part of their assessment of market risk.

Tracking Norms Change as Market Risk in Public Equities

Investing in research on norms change can help investors better predict when gender-based violence moves from a chronic to an acute market risk

Audiences: Public equities analysts, asset managers, and pension funds

Type of violence: Workplace violence

Type of capital: Public Equities

Resources: Criterion Institute will shortly publish a framework and tool for assessing the market risk of gender-based violence in public equities.

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