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CSW58: Implementing the MDGs for Women and Girls
March 10-21, 2014New York, N.Y.

The 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, will take place at United Nations Headquarters.

The World Bank Group will be hosting and participating in a series of meetings and events at CSW58:

Monday, March 10

9:30 a.m.:

Addressing the Multidimensional Challenges Faced by Women and Girls in Sub-Saharan Africa: Regional Initiatives That Focus on Demographics in the Sahel and Gender-Based Violence in the Great Lakes
UN Delegates Dining Room, 4th floor, UNHQ
Hosted by the WBG and UNFPA

This panel discussion of challenges in the Great Lakes region for women and girls will be moderated by Jeni Klugman, Director for Gender & Development at the World Bank Group , with H.E. Antonin Dossu, Minister for the Evaluation of Public Policies and Denationalization Programs of Benin; H.E. Ms. Maikibi Kadidiatou Dandobi, Minister of Population, Promotion of Women, and Protection of Children of Niger; H.E. Ms. Genevieve Inagosi, Minister of Gender of the Democratic Republic of Congo; Dr. Babatunder Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA; and Ms. Trina Haque, Manager, West & Central Asia for the World Bank Group.

11:30 a.m.:

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights — A Crucial Agenda for the Post-2015 Framework
DHL Auditorium
Hosted by the International Planned Parenthood Federation

Join heads of UN Missions, senior delegates, heads and senior staff at UN agencies, heads of NGOs, and media representatives to debate progress made in meeting the MDGs and discuss how the post-2015 framework must recognize SRHR as central to sustainable development. Key speakers include: Honorable Najat Vallaud-Belkacem; Minister of Women’s Rights, Government of France; Honorable Julia Duncan-Cassell, Minister of Gender and Development, Government of Liberia; Carmen Barroso, IPPF Western Hemisphere Regional Director; Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNPFA; Jeni Klugman, Director Gender and Development, World Bank Group; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women. Access is open to all UN badges holders. For non-UN badge holders wishing to attend the event, please specify this on your RSVP so that special day passes can be arranged. 

1:15 p.m.:

The Role of Men and Boys in Contributing to the Achievement of Gender Equality Goals and Female Empowerment

Conference Room D (Conference Building)
Hosted by the Government of Sweden

Welcome remarks by Maria Arnholm, Minister for Gender Equality, Sweden, will be followed by a panel including Hakima Abbas, Head of Program, the Association for Women in Development (AWID); Jeni Klugman, Director for Gender & Development at the World Bank Group; Abhijit Das, Director of the Centre for Health and Social Justice in India, Men Engage Alliance; Maria Andersson, Secretary-General for the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education; and Carolina Wennerholm of SIDA as moderator.

Tuesday, March 11

8:30 a.m.:

Women's Economic Opportunities: Unpaid Care and Beyond
UN Delegates Dining Room, 4th floor, UNHQ
Hosted by the Government of Australia and the World Bank Group

Chaired by Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner for the Australian Human Rights Commission, this panel will include Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights; Raphael Crowe, Acting Director, ILO Bureau for Gender Equality; and Jeni Klugman, Director for Gender & Development at the World Bank Group.

1:15 p.m.:

Heads of UN Agencies on Accelerating Progress on the MDGs for Women and Girls and Realizing Women's and Girls' Rights in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Conference Room 1, Conference Building, UNHQ

Joint UN System CSW Event led by UN Women. Moderated by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women. Invited: Irina Bokova, Director-General, UNESCO, Ivan Šimonoviæ, ASG, OHCHR, Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP, Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA, Michel Sidibé, Executive Director, UNAIDS, and Anthony Lake, CEO, UNICEF.

2:30 p.m.:

Women Leaders in Business and Politics: Making THE Difference!
Salvation Army Auditorium, Mumford Hall
Hosted by the League of Women Voters of the United States, in partnership with the Pan Pacific Southeast Asia Women's Association, International Federation of Business and Professional Women. 

This panel will encourage collaboration between international Business and Professional Women’s organizations and leaders in the private and public sectors by highlighting entities and individuals with gender impact. The panel will include Dr. Jackie Blue, Commissioner of Human Rights-New Zealand; Ms. Julianna Richter, COO of Edelman US; and Jeni Klugman, Director for Gender & Development at the World Bank Group.

4:45 p.m.:

Ending Violence Against Women and Girls -- the Missing MDG
Conference Room D, UNHQ
Hosted by the World Bank Group, George Washington University and Government of Australia

This panel will focus on violence against women and girls (VAWG) as a central barrier to achieving development objectives, underscoring its links to persistent gender inequalities. Panelists will discuss what works to prevent VAWG, drawing on findings from a systematic review of prevention programs from around the globe. The discussion will also present recently released findings regarding successful interventions targeting gender norms and attitudes as well as key evidence gaps that need to be filled. Moderated by Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, this panel will include Lynne Featherstone MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Development UK (DFID); Jeni Klugman, Director for Gender & Development at the World Bank Group; Mary Ellsberg, Founding Director of the Global Women's Institute of George Washington University; Lori Michau, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Raising Voices; and Ethel Sigimanu, Permanent Secretary, Solomon Islands Ministry of Women, Youth, Children, & Family Affairs. Event is at capacity.

Wednesday, M
arch 12

2:30 p.m.:

Half the Sky Is Not Enough! Propelling Women Upward from MDGs to SDGs
Chapel of the Church Centre of the United Nations
Hosted by Soroptimist International, Armenian Relief Society and International Council of Jewish Women
Contact: Bette Levy

The panel will highlight global initiatives launched during the MDGs and aimed at advancing women and girls upward through the post-2015 development period. Moderated by Cindy Dyer, Vice President of Human Rights at Vital Voices, the panel will comprise Jeni Klugman, Director for Gender & Development at the World Bank Group; Katie Bethell, Managing Director of Campaigns at; and Asi Burak, President of Games for Change. 

Thursday, March 13

12:30 p.m.:

The Equal Futures Partnership: Addressing the Impact of Gender-Based Violence on Women's Economic and Political Participation
U.S. Mission to the United Nations
Hosted by the U.S. and Danish Governments and UN Women

This event will provide an opportunity for high-level exchange among Equal Futures partners on the links between violence and women’s political and economic participation, important components to consider when identifying areas for impact, and country-led experiences in addressing GBV. Panelists include Manu Sareen Minister, Ministry of Gender Equality of Denmark; Neila Chaabane Deputy Minister, Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Women and Family Affairs of Tunisia; Jeni Klugman, Director for Gender & Development at the World Bank Group; Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women; and Catherine Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, U.S. Department of State. 

riday, March 14

10:00 a.m.:

Closing the Gender Gap in Agriculture
Conference Room D, Conference Building
Hosted by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Food Policy Research Insitute, and International Fund for Agricultural Development 

Speakers include Talip Kilic, Research Economist, the World Bank Group; Solomon Asfaw, Economist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; and Agnes Quisumbing, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute.

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