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High-level Event on Women in Development
23 Apr 2012
09:00 - 16:30
Main Event
CONFERENCE HALL

Key Issues

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Background
 
Gender inequalities persist in all countries and take the form of labour segregation, gender wage gaps, gaps in asset ownership and in access to technology and information, and huge differences in responsibility for house and care works.
 
It is evident that economic policies impact different segments of the population, including men and women, in different ways; the assumption that economic policies are "gender neutral" has been increasingly challenged. Only if policy makers consciously take into account these horizontal differences can economic policy play a critical role in narrowing the gender gap.
 
The depth of the recent economic and financial crisis and its close connection to high and volatile prices in food and fuel markets has raised several questions about the overall wisdom of the development path followed during the last three decades.
 
It has pointed to the need to incorporate the objectives of poverty reduction, employment creation, social progress, and gender equality within growth strategies in order to achieve a "development-centered globalization".
 
 
Purpose
 
The purpose of the Women in Development event is threefold:
 
  • To take the gender issue to a new level of political prominence.
  • To yield new insights into the relationship between macro-economic policies, development and gender.
  • To launch a number of institutional initiatives to further the above objectives.
The Event will revolve around a high-profile, interactive round table.  The presentations will be organized in four thematic sessions, namely:
  • Macro-economic policy: Does gender matter?
  • Trade, poverty and gender: New insights from a contextual, country-specific approach.
  • Agriculture, food security, intellectual property and gender considerations.
  • Equality of opportunity versus equality of outcome: How to translate women’s educational gains into equal access to full employment and decent work. Each session will be followed by a question and answer session.
 
The Round table will bring together multiple stakeholders ranging from policy leaders, UN agencies, the academia, the private sector and civil society.

Expected outcome / Deliverables 
 
The Event is expected to deliver concrete results:
 
Advocacy and awareness − A statement to be delivered to UNCTAD XIII representing key perspectives from the stakeholders participating in the Event.
 
Research and analysis − A detailed workshop report, including opening statements by policy-makers and high ranking officials, technical presentations and discussions.
 
The report will bring new perspectives on socially inclusive macroeconomic policies geared to women's empowerment, and provide innovative tools and approaches.
 
Capacity building/implementation − The launch of a number of institutional initiatives for mainstreaming gender in macroeconomic policy.
 
Contact:
 
Ms. Simonetta Zarrilli
Senior Economic Affairs Officer and Gender Focal Point
Office of the Secretary-General
 
or
 
Ms. Mariangela Linoci
Tel.: + 41 (0) 22 917 5622
+ 41 (0) 22 917 2128
Fax: + 41 (0) 22 917.00.44
gender@unctad.org 
 

Documents

  • TD/456
    Inclusive and gender-sensitive development paths
    English | French | Spanish | Russian | Arabic | Chinese |
  • UNCTAD/OSG/2011/2
    Who is benefitting from trade liberalization in Cape Verde? A gender perspective, 2011
    English |
  • UNCTAD/OSG/2011/1
    Who is benefitting from trade liberalization in Bhutan? A gender perspective, 2011
    English |
  • DITC/GENDER
    Gender Equality and Trade Policy - A Resource paper, 2011
    English |
  • UNCTAD/DTL/STICT/2001/5
    Applying a Gender Lens to Science, Technology and Innovation, 2011
    English |
  • TD/B/C.I/EM.2/2/Rev.1
    Mainstreaming gender in trade policy, 2009
    English | French | Spanish | Russian | Arabic | Chinese |
  • TD/B/C.I/EM.2/3
    Mainstreaming gender in trade policy - Case studies, 2008
    English | French | Spanish | Russian | Arabic | Chinese |
  • Programme Timetable
    High-level Event on Women in Development
    English |
  • UNCTAD(XIII)/CN/2012/2
    Women in development - Development-centred globalization: Inclusive and gender-sensitive development paths
    English |
  • TD/L.428
    Summary of the High-level event – Women in development
    English |

Summary

Participants


Opening remarks:
 
Honourable Hamad bin Abdulaziz bin Ali Al-Kuwari, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage, Qatar

Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
 
 
Moderator (morning): Mr. Abderrahim Foukara, Bureau Chief, Aljazeera Satellite Channel, Washington, D.C., United States of America
 
Session I: Macro-economic policy: Does gender matter?
 
Panellists:
 
  • Honourable Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
  • Honourable Tarja Kaarina Halonen, Former President of the Republic of Finland and Co-chair of the UN Secretary –General's High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability
  • Ms. Aisha Alfardan, Vice Chairwoman, Qatari Businesswomen Association, Qatar
  • Professor Stephanie Seguino, Department of Economics, University of Vermont, United States of America
 
Session II: Trade, poverty and gender: New insights from a contextual, country-specific approach
 
Panellists:
 
  • Honourable Anabel Gonzalez, Minister of Foreign Trade, Republic of Costa Rica
  • Honourable Aloysia Inyumba, Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, Republic of Rwanda
  • Honourable Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Member of the German Parliament and former Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Ms. Patricia Francis, Executive Director, International Trade Centre – ITC
  • Ms. Buthaina Al Ansari – Board Member of Qatari Businesswomen Association, Qatar
  • Professor Massoud Karshenas, The School of Oriental and African Studies, Department of Economics, University of London, United Kingdom
 
 
Luncheon debate (WID participants)
 
 
Session III: Agriculture, environment, food security, intellectual property and gender considerations
 
Moderator (afternoon): Ms. Ghada Oueiss, Al jazeera, Doha, Qatar
 
Panellists:
 
  • Honourable Mary Robinson, Founder, Mary Robinson Foundation on Climate justice, former President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Honourable Christian Friis Bach, Minister for Development Cooperation of the Kingdom of Denmark
  • Honourable Mannete Ramaili, Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture of the Kingdom of Lesotho
  • Honourable Kristalina Georgieva, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
  • Ms. Lakhsmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Women
  • Professor Marcel Mazoyer, Emeritus Professor at the Institut national agronomique, Paris-Grignon, France

Session IV: Equality of opportunity versus equality of outcome: How to translate women’s educational gains into equal access to full employment and decent work
 
Panellists:
 
  • Honourable Sihem Badi, Minister of Women and Family Affairs, Republic of Tunisia
  • Honourable Akua Sena Dansua, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Ghana
  • Honourable Paul Mashatile, Minister of Arts and Culture, Republic of South Africa
  • Honourable Anne Ruth Herkes, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Federal Republic of Germany
  • H.E. Ms. Noor Al-Malki Al-Jehani, Executive Director, Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development, Qatar
    Professor Jayati Ghosh, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India

Session V: Concluding remarks
 
Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD
 
Honourable Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Bin Ali Al-Kawari, Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage of Qatar and President of UNCTAD XIII