Tackling Gender-Based Violence After 2015
October 11, 2013Washington, D.C.

Recent WHO estimates confirm that 35 percent of all women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. That is about 938 million women—close to the population of Africa. GBV is a human rights issue, but it also has broader repercussions for development. Conservative estimates of economic costs of lost productivity due to domestic violence are around 2% of GDP—about most governments’ spending on primary education. 


This high-level moderated armchair discussion explores why gender, specifically gender-based violence, should be a standalone goal in the post-2015 framework. World Bank work has been ramping up significantly given that GBV is an important barrier to poverty reduction and shared prosperity. Follow the conversation on Twitter with #endgbv.


Winnie Byanyima
Executive Director, Oxfam International

On Twitter: @Winnie_Byanyima

Prior to being appointed executive director of Oxfam International, Ms. Byanyima has held roles that reinforced the governance of the African Union, and she influenced the international agenda at the United Nations and through her leadership in many coalitions of civil society organizations. She is recognized for extensive work in peace-building, budget and electoral reform, and building social coalitions. And she is an authority on the gender dimension of climate change, economic policymaking, and social and economic equality. In her earlier career, she founded a still-thriving NGO in Uganda and served three terms as a member of the Ugandan parliament.

Indira Jaising
Additional Solicitor General; Director of Lawyers Collective Women’s Rights Initiative, India

On Twitter: @IJaising

Indira Jaising became the second woman to be designated as a Senior Advocate by the High Court of Bombay in 1986. In 2009 she became the first woman to be appointed Additional Solicitor General of India. From the beginning of her legal career, she has focused on protection of human rights, rights of women and those of the poor working class. Ms. Jaising has had a fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies London and has been a visiting Scholar at the Columbia University New York. From 2008 to 2012 she was a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.

Jeni Klugman
Sector Director, Gender and Development, World Bank

Jeni Klugman is the Director of Gender and Development at the World Bank Group, where she serves as lead spokesperson on gender equality issues, and is responsible for developing strategic directions to support the insitution's gender and development priorities. She also serves on several advisory boards, including the World Economic Forum's Advisory Board on Sustainability and Competitiveness, and those related to the work of the Council on Foreign Relations, Plan International, International Civil Society Network, UNDP 2013 World Report on Democratic Governance, and a European Union research program on GDP and beyond.

Andris Piebalgs
European Commissioner for Development at the European Commission

On Twitter: @APiebalgsEU

Andris Piebalgs is an experienced Latvian politician who occupied key positions in both national and European political fields. During the first Barroso Commission, starting in November 2004, he was the European Commissioner for Energy. In that capacity, he led the development of a more competitive, sustainable and secure European energy system, which is one of the crowning achievements of the Barroso I Commission. In doing so, he was instrumental in propelling EU energy issues into the centre of EU policy-making. In recognition of his leadership in European energy policy, The Economist magazine honoured him with the title "Eurocrat of the Year" in 2007. In 2009, Andris Piebalgs received the "Diamond Prize" from the Regional Chamber of Commerce in Katowice (Poland) for his work in developing a cohesive European Energy Policy for the further generations. In 2009, the Energy Efficiency Global Forum presented him the Energy Efficiency Visionary Awards for his "outstanding contributions to the advancement of energy efficiency."


Rhitu Chatterjee
Contributing Correspondent, PRI's The World

On Twitter: @RhituC

Rhitu Chatterjee is a U.S.-based public radio journalist. She has worked as a science correspondent for National Public Radio and PRI’s The World, an hour-long, daily international news show co-produced by Public Radio International and the BBC World Service. She has spent most of her career covering scientific discoveries and issues pertaining to the environment, global health and development. More recently, Chatterjee has spent a lot of time writing and thinking about gender based violence. She has reported on the aftermath of the Delhi gang rape and the ensuing protests in New Delhi, and changing gender roles in the country. She also helped shape the coverage of sexual violence at PRI’s The World. Chatterjee is originally from India and is making her way back to her home country to continue reporting on these and other issues for various U.S. magazines and public radio programs.

Opening Remarks:

Jaime Saavedra
Acting Vice President, World Bank Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network

On Twitter: @JaimeSaavedra22

A native of Peru, Saavedra has overseen operational, technical assistance, and analytical work in the areas of poverty and inequality, welfare measurement, labor markets, monitoring and evaluation systems. He has published and conducted extensive research and policy dialogue in his areas of expertise, and co-authored numerous articles and publications. Prior to his current appointment, Saavedra was the manager of the Bank's Poverty Reduction and Equity department. Before that, he managed the Poverty and Gender group in the Bank's Latin American and Caribbean Vice Presidency.

  • WHEN: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
  • WHERE: MC 13-301, World Bank Headquarters
  • CONTACT: Mame Niasse