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Ms. Joni Simpson
Joni Simpson provides technical guidance to ILO country partners on promoting gender equality and diversity in the world of work, through gender-responsive and inclusive national and workplace policies and programmes. Joni has 25 years of international experience promoting gender equality in the world of work, through women’s entrepreneurship, women’s leadership, local economic development, community credit and Entrepreneurship Education, within in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
In her current role, Joni provides technical guidance and support on gender equality, non-discrimination and women’s economic empowerment approaches to ILO constituents and partners for policies and programmes relating to gender, inclusion and non-discrimination in the world of work. Joni has over 15 years promoting women’s leadership and women’s entrepreneurship – and was ILO’s Global Coordinator & Specialist in Women’s Entrepreneurship Development and Entrepreneurship Education in Geneva for seven years.
Over and above her work at the ILO, Joni has over ten years of experience in Community Economic Development and Community Credit micro finance, working on building accessible and gender-responsive programmes and policies in Entrepreneurship Development. Her past work experience includes work in micro-finance, social economy and youth employability. She holds a Master's degree in Cultural anthropology and a Bachelor’s in Education. She has served on the Expert Committee for the Global Women Entrepreneur Leaders Scorecard and as Advisor to Value for Women and the Cherie Blair Foundation.