Why women and girls matter in West Africa: A closer look at inequalities and social institutions

 

OECD headquarters, Paris, 9 March 2018


In honour of International Women’s Day, the OECD Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat is hosting an event at OECD headquarters in Paris on "Why women and girls matter in West Africa: A closer look at inequalities and social institutions."

Large gender inequalities persist in West Africa. This is true for almost all sectors, ranging from property rights and access to basic social services to the labour market and the public sphere. Since the mid-2000s, however, almost every West African country and regional organisation has adopted a gender policy and the discussion of gender issues is increasingly being brought to the fore in different sectors. Evidence has also shown that discriminatory social institutions – formal and informal laws, social norms and practices – restrict women’s rights and empowerment opportunities across West African countries. This discussion aims to shed light on the inequalities faced by women and girls in the region and how fostering gender equality in social institutions could be a driving force for women’s empowerment. 

 

 

Agenda

Discussion moderated by Nadine Gbossa, Head of Division, Global Partnerships and Policies, OECD Development Co-operation Directorate

09:00-09:30   Welcome

09:30-10:00   Opening remarks             

  • H.E. Anna Bossman, Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to France
  • H.E. Modupe E. Irele, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to France
  • Gabriela Ramos, OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20
  • H.E. Mónica Aspe, Chair of the OECD Development Centre’s Governing Board, Ambassador of Mexico to the OECD
  • Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee

10:00-10:30    Speakers

  • Laurent Bossard, Director of the OECD Sahel and West Africa Club Secretariat
  • Bathylle Missika, Senior Counsellor to the Director (acting), Head of Unit – Partnerships and Networks, OECD Development Centre


10:30-11:45    Discussion and questions

11:45-12:00     Wrap-up and conclusion

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