The WETP is a program for women entrepreneurs within the GCIC incubator aimed at unleashing the untapped potential of female entrepreneurs. GCIC works with feminine leadership and life coaches to take our women entrepreneurs through a journey which seeks to transform their leadership with increased authenticity, trust, and awareness.
One of the key impact that the program seeks is to support women to lead from the inside out, so that they are enabled to lead their businesses purposefully, authentically and consciously, and ultimately have an impact on the transformation of Ghana’s economy, and especially the green economy.
KEY TOPICS EXPLORED WITHIN THE WETP
OVERVIEW OF HOW GCIC ENGAGES GENDER
Gendered Approaches to Entrepreneurship
Mapping out and understanding the different needs of women involved in entrepreneurship is an integral aspect of GCIC’s work, as it seeks to ensure an equal impact on and benefit to both men and women involved in the incubation program – and to ensure that we execute our work in a manner that is especially transformative for the women entrepreneurs within our incubator.
Current Gender Equity Approaches and Interventions within the GCIC
- Gender responsive search and selection process for entrepreneurs: The GCIC launched its incubation program in 2017 with the goal of incubating 100 innovative climate-smart small and growing businesses over a period of four years, with an initial target of 30% for incubating women-owned and or women-led start-ups over that period. Two years later, actual figures are around 50% participation by women entrepreneurs.
- Gender-responsive in the choice of facilitators, business advisors and consultants working with GCIC as third parties in the incubation program.
- Women Entrepreneurs Transformation Program for female entrepreneurs within the incubator aimed at supporting our women entrepreneurs to be transformational executives successfully driving their own personal development and business growth, whilst being role models for emerging female entrepreneurs and the ecosystem in general.
Through the different mechanisms and frameworks in place, GCIC largely engages gender through an underlying mixture of an equality and equity-based approach.
Additionally, GCIC predominantly functions as a gender aware program- employing a mixture of gender aware, gender neutral, and gender transformative policies to be able to empower female entrepreneurs who want to operate within the Green Economy in Ghana.