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DevTalks - Quality for equality: Making quality infrastructures work for gender equality



 Friday, 26th March 2021, 12.30 – 14.30 (CET) - Click to register


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Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Development, is pleased to invite you to a discussion on

Quality for equality: Making quality infrastructures work for gender equality


Mary Chege, Founding Member of AUC’s African Network for Women in Infrastructure (ANWIN)

Eiji Yamada, Research Fellow, JICA Ogata Sadako Research Institute for Peace and Development

Pierre de Boisséson, Economist, OECD Development Centre

Moderated by Ayumi Yuasa, Deputy Director of the OECD Development Centre

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Lack of access to quality infrastructure disproportionately affects women and girls, hampering education, employment and many other opportunities. Women and men use infrastructure services for different needs and responsibilities. In Tanzania, for instance, the time women spend on transportation-related tasks is four times higher than men. In Africa, women do 90% of the work of collecting water and fuelwood. Globally, women and girls spend 200 million hours every day collecting water. Women are also the most exposed to household pollution due to the use of fuelwood for cooking. Additionally, women face a large gender gap in access to digital infrastructure.

Mainstreaming a gender perspective into quality infrastructure development provides women with more time and opportunities for education, leisure and economic activities, while addressing women’s specific needs and vulnerabilities. For instance, accelerating a shift to clean energy would dramatically improve women’s livelihoods, prevent premature death and save time, while mitigating climate change risks. Finally, enhancing women’s access to the internet and mobile phones would promote financial inclusion, through greater access to information and business opportunities. This DevTalk is an opportunity to address pressing questions such as: how can we accelerate gender mainstreaming in infrastructure development? How can gender considerations be effectively integrated across all phases of infrastructure development? And how to ensure women’s participation in the decision-making process? 


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