Gender and development

International Workshop: Gender Equality and Progress in Societies







OECD Development Centre – UNESCO
International Workshop


12th March 2010

OECD Conference Centre


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What they said





Organised jointly by UNESCO and the OECD Development Centre, this International Workshop on “Gender Equality and Progress in Societies” is an opportunity to consider gender equality from a broader perspective while addressing its inherent socio-cultural-economic implications. The main goal of this International Workshop will be to develop a common understanding of better ways to measure and address remaining gaps in gender equality, seen from a dynamic and participatory angle.


 Revisit Sessions 1 and 4 in video


Session 1: Making the economic case for empowering women:




Session 4: Gender equality and progress in societies : what have we learnt and how to move forward ? A roadmap for action






Session 1: Making the economic case for empowering women

  • Stephan Klasen, Göttingen University: Gender Inequality and Economic Outcomes: Theory and Evidence
  • Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO 20-First, Co-Author of “Why women mean business” and author of the forthcoming “How women mean business”: Sample chapter of "How women mean business"


Session 2: Looking at innnovative ways of measuring progress in gender equality


Working group 1: Measurement

  • Jeff Edmeades, International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW): SIGI - a new composite indicator to measure gender inequality
  • Aniela Unguresan, Co-Founder, The Gender Equality Project: Establishing a Global Standard in Gender Equality


Working group 2: Innovation

  • Seth Flaxman, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne: Build your own gender index:
  • Albert Motivans, UNESCO Institute for Statistics: Development goals through a gender lens: the case of education


Session 3: Gender equality and culture: how can gender equality make a difference for cultural development and vice versa?


Working group 1: Good practice: leadership

  • Melanie Fassbender, MENA-OECD Governance Initiative: Addressing gender in public management in MENA countries
  • Teresita Sylvia M. Salud, Deputy Executive Director, Philippine Commission on Women: presentation Magna Carta of Women “The Bill of Rights” of Filipino Women and paper


Working group 2: Good practice: legal and institutional change

  • Pınar İlkkaracan, Women for Women's Human Rights – New Ways: Legal reforms in Turkey
  • Stella Nyanzi, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda: Transformations in widow inheritance practices: The case of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania


Session 4: Gender equality and progress in societies: what have we learnt and how to move forward? A roadmap for action

  • Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR): Working with Business to Create Policy Solutions
  • Beatrice Duncan, Social Affairs Expert, African Centre for Gender and Social Development, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA): Advancing gender equality: some practical proposals


Closing remarks and next steps


Johannes Jütting, OECD Development Centre, and Gülser Corat, UNESCO: Summing up and looking forward


Other material


Useful links




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