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Praxis Discussion: Women’s Economic Empowerment
June 20, 2014World Bank office, Level 19, 14 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW

In the Pacific region what can be done to promote women’s leadership in the workplace? What works in addressing gender gaps in employment - and what are the roles of governments, businesses, and civil society? Follow Praxis discussion on women’s economic e... mpowerment.  See More

No country has achieved gender equality – and this is reflected in the world of work. 

Globally women earn less than men and are less likely to be employed: they are only half as likely to be in full time jobs and when they are, their incomes are on average 10-30 percent lower. Meanwhile the latest Grant Thornton International Business Report indicates that the share of women in senior management roles, worldwide, is only 24 percent. 

Our region, the Pacific, has the world’s lowest rate of female political representation. While women are becoming increasingly better educated, they continue to lack access to land, finance and jobs, and much of their work, in the home and on their land, is overwhelmingly undervalued.

Promoting women’s economic empowerment, as entrepreneurs, employees, and leaders is increasingly seen as one of the most important drivers of the fight against poverty. 

But what can be done to promote women’s leadership in the workplace? What works in addressing gender gaps in employment - and what are the roles of governments, businesses, and civil society in making this happen?

Joining us to discuss these critical topics we have Amy Luinstra, Senior Gender Specialist at the International Finance Corporation who will be discussing the experiences of the recently established Business Coalition for Women in Papua New Guinea – the first organisation of its kind in the Pacific; Joanne Crawford, Research and Policy Adviser at the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) and; Amanda Donigi, Founder of Stella Magazine in Papua New Guinea.


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Refreshments will be provided. The discussion will last an hour, with 30 minutes set aside for questions from the audience.   

RSVP: We need to confirm numbers by 5pm Wednesday, June 18th. Please email us at pacificmedia@worldbank.org, to register your attendance. As this is a catered event, please only RSVP if your attendance is assured. 

  • Amy Luinstra

    Senior Gender Specialist at the International Finance Corporation
    Amy works in the International Finance Corporation (IFC) which is the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. She leads projects that engage the private sector in improving opportunities for women while at the same time contribute to business growth. She recently supported the development of the Papua New Guinea Business Coalition for Women, dedicated to helping businesses in PNG better recruit, retain, and promote women. Prior to this, Amy managed a global partnership to improve working conditions for women in the garment factories in East Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
  • Joanne Crawford

    Research and Policy Adviser, International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA)
    Joanne has some 28 years’ experience working on gender equality and women’s rights, international development, public policy and non-formal adult education. She has worked at the Australian National University on an international research collaboration to develop a new gender-sensitive poverty measure and spent three and a half years with the Australian Government’s Office for the Status of Women, including coordinating the Women’s Budget Statement and representing the Australian Government at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Jo also served as a policy advisor in the International Division of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and as Director of the Governance Group at AusAID.
  • Amanda Donigi

    Editor, Stella Magazine in Papua New Guinea
    Amanda founded Stella magazine in August 2012 in the hopes of providing a different perspective in covering the various aspects of women's lives across the Pacific. Described as a “thinking woman's magazine from Papua New Guinea for the Pacific” it celebrates the indigenous voice of Pacific Islanders covering fashion, health, travel, arts, and life across our region.
event details
  • when: Friday 20 June, 1pm – 2pm (please arrive by 12:45pm in order to be seated on time).
  • where: World Bank office, Level 19, 14 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
  • moderator: Auskar Surbakti, Journalist