Empowering Women as Drivers of Recovery and Growth

 

High-Level conference ǀ 16 December 17:00-19:00 (CET)

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated a profound shock worldwide – its reverberations however are felt differently among men and women. Women are disproportionately affected by the crisis, economically and socially. The same interconnected forces of culture, tradition, history, attitudes, and vested interests have kept women underrepresented in political and other decision-making roles but over-represented in poor quality jobs and roles that concentrate disadvantage and discrimination. Despite the commitments made in Beijing twenty-five years ago to take strategic, bold action in 12 critical areas of concern, and some ensuing progress in these areas, not a single country has achieved gender equality. Furthermore, the crisis risks undoing much of this progress, as seen in the increase in violence against women during the lockdown period.

The High-Level Conference: Empowering Women as Drivers of Recovery and Growth offered the needed perspective, discussion and guidance on decisions to make sure the crisis does not further deepen the inequality women face and to accelerate efforts to achieve gender equality, especially as women have been in the frontline of the response. Following the spirit of the Generation Equality Forum, the Conference underlined the importance of various actors to work together. Focus should be given to building a strong narrative that supports the economic case of gender equality, bringing in various actors to promote financing for women’s empowerment and calling on policy makers to reflect these considerations into practice.

The Conference represented the voice of leaders from various sectors to explore: what gender equality is and why our economy needs it, and how to turn the tide to close the gender gaps with the support from all stakeholders and institutions.

  

Agenda

 

17:00-17:10 (CET)

OPENING REMARKS 

  • Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD

  • Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State to the Minister of Economy and Finance, France

  • Martha Delgado, Vice-Minister of Human Rights and Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico 

  • Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO

 

17:10-17:25 (CET)

 KEYNOTE SPEECH

  • Angus Deaton, Nobel laureate, Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Princeton University
    “Inequalities pre-pandemic, inequalities in the pandemic, and inequalities after the pandemic”

 
 

 17:25-18:10 (CET)  PANEL 1

 A DEEP DIVE INTO THE ECONOMIC CASE FOR GENDER EQUALITY

  • Claudia Goldin, Professor of Economics, Harvard University

  • Diane Coyle, Professor or Public Policy, Cambridge University

  • Luiz de Mello, Director of the Policy Studies Branch, the Economics Department, OECD

Moderator: Jessica Bennett, Editor at Large, New York Times

 

18:10-18:55 (CET)  PANEL 2

FINANCING FOR WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT: ROLES OF PHILANTHROPY, BUSINESS, MDBs

  • Ann Linde, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sweden

  • Gargee Ghosh, President of the Global Policy and Advocacy Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Latanya Mapp Frett, President and CEO, Global Fund for Women

  • Juan Yermo, Chief of Staff, OECD

Moderator: Lisa Jucca, Columnist, Reuters Breakingviews

 

18:55-19:00 (CET)

CLOSING REMARKS 

  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women (video message)

  • Delphine O, Ambassador, Secretary-General, the Generation Equality Forum France

  


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