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The Hague Presentation and Panel: 'Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity'
September 11, 2014The Hague, The Netherlands

This major report distills vast data and studies to shed new light on constraints facing women and girls worldwide, from epidemic levels of gender-based violence to biased laws and norms that prevent them from owning property, working, and making decisions about their own lives.

This meeting highlights the importance of economic empowerment of women and the most recent insights on how to foster it. A central theme of the Voice and Agency report is that concerted action in various domains works best to overcome the specific constraints that women face. In the second part of the meeting, we zoom in on access to land, as one of the constraints highlighted in the report. Improving women's property rights can have transformative effects on social norms and women's status within the household and the community.


Louise Anten

Gender Equality Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands


Jeni Klugman
Senior Adviser, World Ban

Mirjam Krijnen
Coordinator of the Task Force Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Annelies Zoomers
Professor, International Development Studies at the Utrecht University and Chair of the Netherlands Academy on Land Governance LANDac

Lucia Hanmer
Lead Economist, World Bank Gender Group

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