Gender Alliance: Empowering Women in Impact Businesses

Marc Beckmann
Human Rights

Gender equality is not only a human right but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable world as envisioned by the UN 2030 Agenda. The Gender Alliance is an initiative that pushes for a feminist agenda to foster gender equity in line with Sustainable Development Goal #5. Julia Profeta Johansson is one of its members.

Who are you?

Julia Profeta Johansson: I am an impact investing and venture capital specialist based in Berlin, Germany, since 2017 and the founder of Ella Impact, a global community of women focused on developing connections and knowledge around the theme of impact investments and impact businesses, and co-founder of Startup.Life Berlin.

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Gender Alliance

The Gender Alliance is a network-driven initiative to bring feminists together to accelerate gender equality. Its members come from the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network, the Global Diplomacy Lab, and the Robert Bosch Foundation. Together, they strive to accelerate the achievement of the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals on gender equality within their respective organizations, communities, and spheres of influence. This series is an effort to amplify the voices of amazing women who are pushing boundaries.

Why did you join the BMW Foundation Gender Alliance? Why is it important to you?

Julia Profeta Johansson: I believe in connecting and strengthening different initiatives tackling the issue of gender diversity, as we still need to do so much work to reach a minimally acceptable level of female representation in all spheres and have a gender-lens approach properly implemented to guarantee that SDG #5 indeed moves forward.

What work do you do to promote gender equality?

Julia Profeta Johansson: With Ella Impact, the focus is to bring together and empower women in business and investments focusing especially on the mindset of impact investments & business. As a global peer-to-peer knowledge exchange platform, we foster online and offline connections, where we discuss these topics, share experiences, tools, and strategies to move the business world towards more impact and gender balance.

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SDG #5 Gender Equality

Through Sustainable Development Goal 5 of the UN 2030 Agenda, the international community aims to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls who represent half of the world’s population and therefore also half of its potential. However, gender inequality persists everywhere and slows down social progress. Women continue to be underrepresented at all levels of political leadership. Providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

What is your desired outcome of the BMW Foundation Gender Alliance?

Julia Profeta Johansson: I see the Gender Alliance as a great  opportunity to join forces with other initiatives, giving each one of them more visibility and relevance among audiences that are not gender-focused as well as sharing and leveraging resources - such as, for example, knowledge, connections, and media space. Moreover, it means strengthening the different initiatives and facilitating the spread of gender equality values among its members.

What does an equal world look like?

Julia Profeta Johansson: I believe in a world which is gender balanced. Where both men and women have the same opportunities, same compensation and recognition, same access to social and economic opportunities, where the differences are respected and leveraged to create a more just and joyous world.

Any advice to your 15-year-old self?

Julia Profeta Johansson: Dream big, work patiently and hard, one day at a time, and one day you will truly reach your goals. Never stop protecting and championing your girlfriends.

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