Gender equality

We are using our role to increase the impact of investment on women’s economic empowerment.


At the heart of building sustainable and inclusive businesses lies the need to advance gender equality through women’s economic empowerment.

We recognise the barriers women in our markets face, and we’re committed to using our role as an investor to help close the gaps between men and women, as well as demonstrating the social and economic value of investing in women to the wider investment industry.

Our strategy focuses on women’s role as leaders, employees, entrepreneurs, suppliers, customers and community members. It builds on our commitment to women’s economic empowerment in our 2017–21 Strategic Framework, where we recognised our role in contributing to Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and said that we’d be looking for ways to create economic opportunity for women.

Find out more about our approach and how we work with companies on gender here.

Visit our Gender Toolkit for tools and resources on gender-smart investing and gender diversity.

The opportunity is clear


Of senior managers in the private sector in Africa are women.


Of SMEs in emerging markets are owned by women - a $320 billion opportunity.


On average, women earn 60-75% of men's wages.

$15 tn

The amount controlled by female consumers worldwide.

Key contacts

Jen Braswell

Director, Value Creation Strategies

Arpita Raksit

Gender Lead, Value Creation Strategies

CDC is becoming British International Investment