The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society has announced the creation of the Women & Access to Health Daring Circle. Led by Sanofi and AXA, in collaboration with BNP Paribas and Google, and in association with RB and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, this circle of partners aims to improve and promote women’s access to health.
In both developed and developing countries, this coalition will support entrepreneurs leading health tech projects with strong potential to reduce the gap in access to health for women. Women around the world continue to face multiple obstacles to safe and quality healthcare: limited awareness or access to information; limited physical access to care; a lack of confidential or reliable health records or identification; a lack of means to pay or time to arrange access, as well as a lack of access to proper mental health resources.
For each of these barriers, there are emerging tech solutions. The Daring Circle’s first initiative is a call for projects from health-tech entrepreneurs working on improving women’s access to health. Selected entrepreneurs will receive active mentorship provided by the Daring Circle’s partners, increased visibility for their businesses through the partners’ global communications channels, an enabling community of entrepreneurs with shared experiences and funding to help their businesses scale up.
After this first step, members of the Daring Circle will continue to work closely together to support new initiatives helping health-tech entrepreneurs to reach the next level.
“The Daring Circles are initiatives of the Women’s Forum that last throughout the year. They bring together an ecosystem of partners to have a tangible impact on issues where women’s leadership is crucial and where women are especially impacted,” commented Chiara Corazza, Managing Director of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society.
“Collectively, we want to support tech entrepreneurs who are improving and promoting access to health for women, thus empowering women to help their families and communities thrive,” said Karen Linehan, EVP Legal Affairs and General Counsel, member of the Executive Committee at Sanofi and member of the Women’s Forum Strategic Committee.
“We are very happy to launch this coalition and engage to improve women’s access to health all around the world. As a global health insurer, we know that we have a key role to play in enhancing women and their families’ overall health, a prerequisite for them to build their lives and reach their goals,” said Ulrike Decoene, Chief of Staff to Group CEO & Women in Insurance Initiative Lead at AXA Group and member of the Women’s Forum Strategic Committee.