Gender-Related Events: Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and IMF
October 8-11, 2014Washington, D.C.

The Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group each year bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics to discuss issues of global concern. Below are this year's gender-related events.

Wednesday, Oct. 8

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Boosting Women’s Participation in the Labor Force

George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium

Moderator: MINA AL ORAIBI, Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper

Panelists: Azeem Adam, Governor, Maldives Monetary Authority; May Habib, Cofounder,; Sarah Iqbal, World Bank's Women, Business and the Law Project; Kathy Matsui, Chief Japan Strategist, Goldman Sachs, Japan; Melanne Verveer, Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Thursday, Oct. 9

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Drumbeat to COP 20: Linking Reproductive Health, Food Security and Climate Change

Room: I 2 - 220           

Sponsors: Aspen Institute, International Commission of Jurists

Panelists: Dr. Yetnayet Asfaw (Vice President, Strategy and Impact, EngenderHealth Inc.), Dr. Sennen Hounton (Senior Reproductive Health Advisor, Technical Division, UNFPA), Clive Mutunga (Family Planning and Environment Technical Advisor, USAID), Dr. Suzanne Petroni (Senior Director for Gender, Population and Development, International Center for Research on Women), Lucy Wanjiru Njagi (Programme Specialist, Gender and Sustainable Development UNDP/BDP Gender Team), CHAIR: Sandeep Bathala (Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative at the Woodrow Wilson Center)

The 20th annual Conference of Parties (COP20) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will meet this December in Lima, Peru. With the expected outcome of a draft agreement to take to the deadline summit in Paris to create a new climate agreement, what priorities will emerge? Many countries that stand to experience the harshest impacts of climate change are also experiencing rapid population growth. Population, reproductive health and food security should be part of the strategies for adapting to the effects of climate change as a way to ensure resilience and climate justice. Far too often however, high-level decision making on climate change does not sufficiently address sexual and reproductive health and rights and intersections with food security. The panelists in this session will map out the context for these intersections and identify priorities needed to move this agreement forward.

Friday, Oct. 10

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

How Does the Economic Empowerment of Women Enhance Stability in Fragile and Transition Contexts?


Room: I 2 - 250           

Sponsors: Cordaid (Netherlands), Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment (MFI WISE, Burundi), Khurshed Women’s Cooperative (Afghanistan), Women in Parliament Network

Panelists: Laure Wessemius Chibrac (Director, Cordaid Investments) Marie-Louise Kamikazi (CEO, MFI WISE), Caren Grown (Senior Gender Director, WBG), Rahima Ahmad Abady (Member, of Khurshed Women’s Cooperative), Silvana Koch-Mehrin (Founder & CEO, Women in Parliaments Global Forum); CHAIR: John Garrison (Civil Society Team, WBG)

The mission of Cordaid is to contribute to the structural social change and transformation that is needed to build flourishing communities in fragile and transition contexts. To achieve this, Cordaid focuses a major part of its efforts on women and girls, as true transformative agents in the setting. While there is a general agreement that women are pillars in societies with aptitudes to achieve structural change, women in particularly fragile contexts suffer disproportionally from lack of rights to seize opportunities. The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) is the worldwide network of female members of national parliaments. It is uniquely positioned to enrich the debate with the impact female political leaders have in creating an enabling environment towards the economic empowerment of women. Women Parliamentarians have both a role of responsibility and leadership in the empowerment of women at all levels of society. This includes putting enabling legislation, scrutinizing the government on its political priorities and keeping a close eye on development policy spending. The session will analyze the important role women can play to promote access to finance and participation in food security and nutrition activities, as well as enhance governance and influence decision makers.  It will specifically focus on how women's economic empowerment in fragile and transition contexts supports stability and peace building.

Friday, Oct. 10

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Gender as a Beam: How the World Bank’s Gender Unit Can Use the Restructuring to its Advantage

Room: I 2 - 250           

Sponsor: Bank Information Center (BIC)

Panelists: Caren Grown (Senior Gender Director, WBG), Juliana Martinez (Professorial Lecturer, American University), Emcet Tas (Social Development Specialist, WBG), CHAIR: Aruna Rao (Executive Director, Gender at Work)

This session will focus on the future work of the WBG’s Gender Unit now that a new Director has been appointed and the unit has been moved to the new Global Practices structure of the World Bank. Specifically it will focus on what it means to be “gendered” and on the level of interaction the Gender Unit has with the different global practices and beams.

Saturday, Oct. 11

1:00 – 12:30 p.m.

The Importance of Sexual and Gender Minority Inclusion to Private Sector Development

Room: I 2 - 250           

Sponsor: National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)

Panelists: Maria Baudino (Senior Corporate Counsel, Latin America, Google), Brian Tippens  (Chief Diversity Officer, Hewlett-Packard), CHAIR: Joanna Dees (Vice President, Global Programs & Corporate Relations, NGLCC)

This session will explore the role intentional inclusion can play in the private sector. Panelists will speak to lessons learned and best practices of inclusion, as well as why it is important to pursue inclusion of gender and sexual minorities. Furthermore, speakers will discuss how the IFC can encourage the private sector to embrace inclusion and start sharing knowledge.

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.

Global Town Hall: Empowering Women to Become Engine for Private Sector Expansion

Room: I 2 - 220           

Sponsor: Naija Worldwide Charities (NWC), Global Women Africa Network (GLOW)

Panelists: Chief Amina Temitope Labinjo-Ajayi  (Goodwill Ambassador for the States of Arkansas and Maryland), Dr. Ignatius Ukpabi (Former Quality Control Specialist / Epidemiologist with the District of Columbia), Margaret Dureke (Founder and President of Women Empowered to Achieve The impossible  / WETATi), Rev Joshua O. Nathan Sr (Senior Management Professional), CHAIR: Fred Oladeinde (President and CEO of The Foundation for Democracy in Africa (FDA)

Africa is rising and so are her women. With one Head of State (Liberia), the first ever female Chairperson of the African Union and a growing number of influential women leaders in public and private sector, African women are poised to bring their energy, wisdom and passion to solving the challenges undermining the safety of the most vulnerable (including girls) and sustainable growth for millions. Today Nigeria represents Africa’s complexity as it is witnessing one of the most robust growths in economic development as well as increasing risks induced by man and nature alike. The abduction of girls from their schools, the destruction of communities, the erosion of economic activities and floods are some of the challenges. In this context, this Global Town Hall is intended to serve as a catalyst for action. Our purpose is to provide a live platform that will encourage discussion on sustainable solutions to existing challenges and facilitate information sharing at the global level of successful action taken by women or in support of women in Nigeria.