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Injustice – whether targeting people on the basis of their race, gender, class, religion, age, orientation, ability, origin – will persist as long as we do not act to disrupt it. As a people, we must disassemble the structures that fuel and sustain inequity and together build a solid foundation for social justice, equity and a new direction.

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Tamir Rice. Ahmaud Arbery. Trayvon Martin. We have witnessed crimes against Black people and communities of color over and over. These are crimes against humanity – stark and painful indicators of the injustice and racism that have existed in this country for centuries.

For those of us in the majority, we must recognize that we have to examine our own privilege and work to dismantle the long-standing social inequities that have maintained our position of power in this society. We must all stand up when we see others pushed down and rise up together with purpose.

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Catalyzing growth in the women-run small and medium enterprises sector (SMEs)

Employment and Enterprises

Publication Subtitle: Evaluating the Goldman Sachs '10,000 Women' initiative
Publication Year: 2012
Publication Author: International Center for Research on Women

ICRW conducted an initial evaluation of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative in India to identify early results of the program on women entrepreneurs’ business skills, practices and growth. While in no way representative of the thousands of women taking part in 10,000 Women, this qualitative study does provide a snapshot of what impact looks like for some of the program’s earliest participants.

Launched in 2008, the initiative aims to provide 10,000 women who run small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with high-quality business and management skills training. Research shows that these women are often underserved, in terms of access to business or management training and entrepreneurial networks, despite the enormous potential they have to help grow economies in developing countries.

This brief presents a summary of ICRW’s initial evaluation of the India program, which shows how the 10,000 Women initiative — in combination with a number of other factors — is making a difference in graduates’ businesses and lives.

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