Intention to Action: Empowering a More Gender Equal Asia Module 1

Yee Zhen Ang · October 20, 2023

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This is a self-paced module jointly developed by AVPN and The Global Center for Gender Equality (GCfGE).

About this module:

This module, “Building a Common Understanding”, is the first of two introductory modules in the “Intention to Action: Empowering a More Gender Equal Asia” gender course. The course is part of a wider curricula series “Introduction to Gender and Philanthropy” and more modules will be available soon. 

“Building a Common Understanding” will help network members to build a common understanding of gender and how it shapes our lives.

Learners will walk through a guided consideration of a fictional character’s life to explore how gender norms, roles, and expectations affect their experiences and can appear as bias and discrimination, as well as interact with data illustrating how this has real-world implications across different Asian contexts.

Participants will also hear from Asia Gender Network (AGN) members about their own personal experiences at various stages of their lives and in their careers.

This course is for anyone who wants to gain a basic understanding of gender and how it impacts you in your life and the lives of those you serve with your philanthropy.


  1. Rey’s Journey
  2. Recognising our own biasness

Learning objectives:

  • Develop a shared understanding of common gender concepts and how gender affects everyone’s lives.
  •  Gain insights into specific gender equality issues across different Asian countries and contexts.

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Module Includes

  • 4 Lessons

Inclusive Business

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Adapted from: Inclusive Business Action Network (IBAN)


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This paper by CSR Asia outlines how inclusive business (IB) strategies can create shared value and walks through practical steps companies can take to develop an effective IB strategy. It makes a case for inclusive business and demonstrates how companies can leverage aspects of their value chain to create opportunities for low-income communities. You will also find a number of case studies from around the Asia region.

Corporate Foundation

Corporate foundations (or company-sponsored foundations) are philanthropic organisations that are created and financially supported by a corporation. The foundation is created as a separate legal entity from the corporation, but with close ties to the corporation. Corporate foundations tend to make grants in fields related to their corporate activities or in communities where the corporation operates, or where their employees reside.

Source: Council of Foundations

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Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is any formally organised support or encouragement from companies to leverage employee time, knowledge, skills or other resources to support impact organisations. Employee engagement can vary from corporate volunteering (hands-on or skill-based, virtual or on-site volunteering) and/or corporate giving (payroll giving, employee matching) to co-investment programmes.

Source: EVPA, 2018

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Corporate Social Responsibility

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to strategies that companies put into action as part of corporate governance that are designed to ensure the company’s operations are ethical and beneficial for society. These may include initiatives to support the environment, fair labour practices, philanthropy and/or sustainable business practices.

Adapted from: Corporate Finance Institute (CFI)

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Corporate Impact Fund

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