The 2012 World Development Report on Gender and Development highlights the growing body of evidence proving the benefit and value of tackling the underlying causes of gender inequality as smart economic and development policy. Addressing gender disparities in conflict-affected environments has further been recognized as a security imperative, critical for building peaceful and inclusive societies.
The World Bank’s Voice and Agency Report (2014) highlights how the violence experienced by women impacts both the lives of the women that experience violence but also the economies of nations. The report underscores how violence against women and girls is one of the most oppressive forms of inequality. Inequality prevents us from achieving our goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.
In light of current global challenges and the entrenched norms that continue to perpetuate gender disparities and circumscribe women’s broader civic, economic and political engagement across countries, more can be done.
This half-day event brings together experts to discuss challenges and opportunities related to gender, empowerment, peace and security in Africa with a panel of eminent African leaders, World Bank Group staff, and invited guests, with the aim of exploring how the World Bank Group (WBG) can build on its commitments and increase its engagement on key gender challenges in collaboration with African institutions and development partners.
The first panel, Reclaiming the Future: Overcoming Gender-based Violence and other conflict related challenges, will feature Zainab Bangura, UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Bineta Diop, African Union Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security, Linda Etim, Assistant Administrator for Africa, USAID, and Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration. The second panel, Equal Choices, Equal Chances: Rights, Voice, and Opportunity, will feature Caren Grown, Senior Director for Gender, Euphrasie Kouassi, Minister for Women, Family and Protection of Children, Cote d’Ivoire, Mahawa Kaba Wheeler, African Union Commission Director for Gender, and Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security.