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Advancing gender equality: The path to economic growth

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Recent research on closing the gender gap has revealed that gender parity has shifted into reverse for the first time since 2006 (World Economic Forum). Although some countries have recorded significant progress, girls and women around the world remain disproportionately affected by poverty, discrimination, and exploitation.

Eliminating barriers to equality and creating better economic opportunities will allow women and girls to be powerful agents of change, improve their lives and those of their families, and contribute to the social and economic development of their communities.

What actions are needed to meet the global commitment of achieving gender quality and empowering all women and girls by 2030? And how can we push for progress in protecting the rights of all women and girls and including them in the global economy?

Ahead of International Women’s Day, IGC convenes a high-level discussion exploring what needs to happen to ensure that global leaders, civil society, and the private sector unite forces to eliminate gender inequality.

Speakers:

Ulla Tørnæs - Minister for Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark

HE Janice Charette - High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom for Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Minouche Shafik - Director, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)


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Linda Yueh – Fellow in Economics at Oxford University

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