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AXA readies public equities fund to tap gender-diversity “dividend”

Women Rising We reported in Feb. 21 on the global growth market in women’s equality. Now comes AXA Investment Managers with the AXA World Funds Mix IN Perspectives fund, which will invest in companies committed to gender diversity at all levels. As of last June, 15 public-market equity and debt solutions explicitly deployed a gender lens,

South Korean women will live longer in 2030. American men, not so much

Women Rising Improvements in maternal and child health, as well as adult health, will drive increases in life expectancy in industrialized nations by 2030. A study on future life expectancy in 35 countries, published Tuesday in the Lancet, found a greater than 50 percent chance the life expectancy of South Korea women at birth will be

The growth market in women’s equality

The more than $560 million invested with a “gender lens” in public equities and debt, up five-fold since 2014, seems like a lot of money until you measure it against the opportunity: $28 trillion. Click for more from 2030 Finance That’s the potential addition to global GDP by 2025 if women participated equally in the global

Pacific RISE: Three gender-lens investing truths we learned developing an impact strategy in the Pacific

Impact investing in the Pacific is hard enough. If we have to consider gender as well, we have often heard, it will be nearly impossible. The development of Pacific RISE, an initiative of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) seeks to expand impact investing in more than a dozen Pacific Island countries, is

South African firm stakes $37 million on new fund for renewables and women-owned businesses

Women Rising South African firm stakes $37 million on new fund for renewables and women-owned businesses Sekunjalo Investment Group in Cape Town hopes to raise two billion rand ($150 million) to spur South Africa’s impact investment sector. Sekunjalo is seeding a new fund with 500 million rand ($37 million) of its own capital to attract

Hong Kong fund raises $16 million to back women business leaders in Asia

Women Rising For all the talk about diversity, the number of women in leadership positions in Asia is actually falling, from 25 percent in 2009 to 20 percent in 2016. Advanced Asian economies have fewer women leaders than in similar markets worldwide. Delphinium Capital Partners has raised $16 million for a first close on Delphinium Female

Backstage Capital eyes second fund for women- and minority-led startups

It took Arlan Hamilton 16 months to convince Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz, Brad Feld of Foundry Group, ex-Salesforce executive Susan Kimberlin and others to put up $5 million for Backstage Capital to invest in women- and minority-owned businesses. Hamilton expects it to take as little as two months to raise Backstage’s second fund, as