(WOMENSENEWS)--To help women gain ground in "green economy" businesses, advocates in Rio de Janeiro issued sets of recommendations on June 18 at a forum hosted by Earth Day Network, in partnership with the U.N. Foundation, as part of their Women and the Green Economy (WAGE) campaign.
- Create a global fund at the International Finance Corporation, an arm of the World Bank, that focuses of female-run enterprises in renewable energy and other sustainability businesses.
- Expand memberships of banks that are a part of the Global Banking Alliance for Women, a 25-member banking network, and use tax incentives and public financing to expand the availability of these funds.
- Engage female small business owners to ensure that these funds and financial products succeed.
- Require coordinators of national and international conferences to seek female participants.
- Fund more corporate and government research to secure statistics on women’s participation in the highest levels of government and corporate governance.
- Increase mentoring and sponsorship of women leaders in the private, public and NGO sectors.
Sadiya Ansari is a Pakistani-Canadian freelance writer, based in Vancouver.