“Equality for women is progress for all.”
-Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
Across the world, women are at the forefront of political, economic and social developments – they are heads of government, they are running big corporations and they lead scientific developments of all kinds.
Yet no country has achieved full gender equality. Young women and girls often make school and career choices that are different to those of their male peers, female workers earn on average less than men, and the majority of people in senior positions in government and the economy are male. And millions of women around the world suffer from violence and discrimination every day of their lives.
On the 7th of November we will hear from the Ministers for Women and Equalities, gender equality experts and third sector leaders about ways to achieve progress in the area of gender equality. We would like to hear your thoughts on what the main issues are and what actions should be taken to address them.
We will also discuss your priorities for the next gathering of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, which will take place in New York in March 2017 with the theme Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. This is a unique opportunity for the UK Government and campaigners to influence the global agenda on gender equality.
We look forward to meeting you all on the 7th of November!
Government Equalities Office
11:30 Welcome from Hilary Spencer, Director, Government Equalities Office
11:40 Opening remarks by Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister for Women, Equalities and Early Years
11:55 Promoting the empowerment of women and girls in the Commonwealth - The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC
12:15 Remarks by Brita Fernandez Schmidt, Executive Director of Women for Women International UK
13:15 Protecting women’s rights through international law: the UN Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against WomenDavid Isaac, Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
13:30 Breakout sessions:
Group 1: Modern forms of abuse against women and girls – facilitated by Professor Clare McGlynn, Durham University Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse
Group 2: Civil society priorities for the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women – facilitated by Zarin Hainsworth, National Alliance of Women’s Organisations and Lee Webster, Womankind Worldwide
Group 3: The equalities landscape following the EU referendum – facilitated by Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, Fawcett Society
Group 4: Successful strategies for promoting STEM careers for girls – facilitated by Christine Kattirtzi, Headteacher, Kendrick School and Rachel Cave, Headteacher, Highdown School
14:20 Feedback from breakout groups, facilitated by Charles Ramsden, Head of EU and International Policy, Government Equalities Office
14:40 Panel discussion and Q and A, facilitated by Helene Reardon Bond, Head of Gender Equality, Government Equalities Office:
Empowering women and girls: from the classroom to the boardroom
- Maria Miller MP, Chair of Women and Equalities Select Committee
- Dr Susan Milner, Associate Professor, University of Bath
- Julie Bentley, CEO, Girl Guides
- Ben Black, My Family Care
- Adeeba Malik CBE, Deputy Chief Executive, QED Foundation
15:40 Speech by the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Women and Equalities, Rt Hon Justine Greening MP
15:55 Wash up and closing remarks, Helene Reardon Bond, Head of Gender Equality, Government Equalities Office
Date and Time
Westminster Conference Centre (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)
1 Victoria Street