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Yen To

Communications strategist and social impact collaborator

Yen To is a communications strategist and social impact collaborator at large. She has worked in the investment industry since 1999 in diverse roles from equity analysis for stock market research firms to reputational risk management for large-cap global financial institutions operating in capital markets across North America, Europe and Asia. She has also consulted for UN agencies in South East Asia and East Africa, leading in-the-field research on impact investing and micro-lending enterprises.
For Women, The Bell

For Women, The Bell Tolls

Across capital markets, 40 stock exchanges will be ringing in International Women's Day as part of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative. The opening bell, which ceremoniously signals commencement of trading activity for the day, will also ring out for "the pivotal role the private sector can play in advancing gender equality to achieve the UN's SDG 5."
03/07/2017 11:23 EST
Collaborative Consumption In The Era Of

Collaborative Consumption In The Era Of Financialization

The financial crisis that peaked in 2008 has created a rippling economic effect across capital markets to date. A shift that has since been informally characterized as an ethos of maximizing utility of personal assets through peer-to-peer digital marketplaces, the common moniker being collaborative consumption or the sharing economy.
11/25/2015 10:52 EST
The Wage Gap Means Elderly Women Face

The Wage Gap Means Elderly Women Face Poverty

This year, Equal Pay Day falls on April 20th. It may be too soon to call this a trend, however, some have projected that based on this rate it will take another 50 years or so to reach pay parity. This may be well and good for the female labour force of 2065 and beyond; however, what does the economic profile forecast for working women of today? Historical data paints a bleak future portrait of single elderly women. When segmented further by such criterion as ethnicity, the forecast presents a graver outcome for women of minority with a higher propensity of this population to live out their end-of-life years below the poverty level.
04/19/2015 11:08 EDT
Why 1,500 Women Signed Up to Edit Wikipedia on International Women's

Why 1,500 Women Signed Up to Edit Wikipedia on International Women's Day

Theories of why Wikipedia remains a male-based platform also abound. Some correlate it to the combative exclusivity of an old boys' club mentality that is repeatedly evidenced by women contributors submitting articles that are judged to be not substantive enough and immediately expedited for removal. The edit-a-thons came into existence as a counter measure to the aforementioned persisting pattern.
03/12/2015 12:59 EDT
Is Rape Culture Human Nature or

Is Rape Culture Human Nature or Nurture?

In my formative years, a male counterpart stated that rape was part of the natural world. His claim was troubling on many levels. The most disconcerting was that his rationalization of a violent act was shared by others and normalized by laissez faire attitudes of civil institutions in general. The pervasiveness of violence against women seamlessly crosses borders and disregards economic statuses. From developing nations -- gang rapes in India, rape warfare in Africa -- to developed nations, with instances like fraternity rape parties in the U.S.
10/17/2013 07:53 EDT
East Meets East in

East Meets East in Kenya

Since 2006, when the residing Kenyan government signed an economic cooperative agreement with China and partnering Asia-Pacific countries, there has been a concurrent influx of 'yellow faces'. The relatively new entrants are professionals and labourers contracted to bolster the two nations' budding alignment on various aspects of development. Most visible is the construction of infrastructure, such as buildings, energy sources and roads
06/27/2013 07:58 EDT
In Tanzania, 'the Government Takes

In Tanzania, 'the Government Takes First'

Tanzania has all the trappings of a developing nation struggling to achieve developed nation status. There is a local Swahili saying that translates loosely as "the government takes first," essentially leaving the people to fend for themselves. And so it is not totally unexpected that NGOs are perceived as profit-making schemes.
06/12/2013 05:18 EDT