Gender and development

International Women’s Day 2016



OECD Development Centre’s High-level International Women’s Day Event

2030 Agenda: Gender equality, social norms and inclusive societies

Wednesday 9 March 2016, 15:00-17:00

Room CC 10, OECD Conference Centre, 2 rue André Pascal, 75016


The OECD Development Centre hosted a high-level event to commemorate International Women’s Day. The event brought together two Paris-based organisations, the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), as well as Ambassadors from France and Argentina, to share views on advancing gender equality. The panel focused on how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can best be leveraged and operationalised to empower women and achieve gender equality by 2030.

The panellists offered their organisation’s or country’s roadmap for achieving the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda. Such strategies include the economic empowerment of women, building on the OECD Development Centre’s recent working paper: Does gender discrimination in social institutions matter for long-term growth? Cross-country evidence. The high-level event was a unique opportunity to identify synergies and collaborations throughout the international development community to promote gender equality, facilitating greater global dialogue between developed and emerging economies on this critical pillar of sustainable development.



  • Daniel Yohannes, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the United States to the OECD


  • Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
  • Pierre Duquesne, Chair of the Development Centre Governing Board and Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France to the OECD
  • Maria del Carmen Squeff, Argentine Ambassador to France
  • Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20 

A Q&A session with the audience followed the panel’s interventions.

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