Equilo is on a mission to help make gender analysis a standard part of how development and humanitarian organizations, investors, and companies do business. We believe early, action-oriented gender equality and social inclusion analysis is vital to deepening impact and increasing gender equality.
Equilo is the brainchild of its founder, Jessica Menon, a gender specialist with more than 20 years of experience integrating gender equality into global development projects. Over time, Jessica realized she was having the same conversations with her colleagues about how inefficient gender analysis was and the problems that led to. Gender analysis was slow and time-consuming, and many people continued to see it simply as a check box activity that wasn't incorporated into decision-making on time to have a real impact. Jessica realized how many decision makers would benefit from having GESI analyses that were quicker, higher quality, and more impactful than the traditional manual method, which often took several weeks to get started and even longer to finalize.
Jessica founded Equilo to replace old-fashioned research and project management with powerful online gender analysis tools to enable clearer, faster equality insight that translate into action. In 2020, Equilo launched its flagship GESI Contextual Analysis tool, which has continued to expand and now includes reliable, aggregated data for all countries in more than 50 sectors. Equilo continues to expand its suite of tools, which currently includes an in-depth GBV risk analysis tool, a suite of tools for impact investors to easily assess portfolio and pipeline companies across multiple gender equality dimensions, make plans to improve companies' gender equality, and measure and manage impact, and several open source tools including a resource directory and partner directory.
Equilo is led by its Founder and CEO, Jessica Menon. Our diverse staff and advisors come from a range of professional backgrounds from development, humanitarian, financial, and private sectors. Our staff have expertise in gender equality and social inclusion, data science, data storytelling, machine learning, and AI.
Jessica is a gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) specialist with 20 years of experience conducting GESI analyses, crafting gender action plans, managing organizational change management with a gender lens, and implementing systems-level policy and practice change to advance GESI globally. She has successfully managed large multidisciplinary teams globally and has operated her own small businesses and multi-million dollar government-funded programs. She has both strategic and practical experience working across development, humanitarian, finance, and private sectors in industries including energy, infrastructure, agriculture, health, and beyond with deep expertise in GBV. Her love of data analytics, tools, and systems-level change inspired the creation of Equilo.
Jessica Menon, MPP
Founder & CEO
Our core implementing partner
SimForm is a tech company with a mission to help successful companies extend their tech capacity. Founded in 2010, they have helped organizations ranging from Startups that went public, to Fortune 500 companies, and WHO featured NGOs. Simform helps companies become innovation leaders by delivering software teams on demand. SimForm provides Equilo with a full-stack team of seasoned developers who support implementation of Equilo's vision for product and tool development, in addition to ensuring ongoing maintenance and data security.