New Frontiers in Women's Empowerment - Liveblog & webcast
Friday April 20, 2012
Women and girls have made impressive gains in education, life expectancy and, in some areas, labor force participation. But as the 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development shows, this progress has not automatically led to improved rights and voice: Women in almost all countries of the world continue to trail men on measurements such as household decision making and legal parity. And gender-based violence, both in households and in conflict arenas, continues to be alarmingly prevalent in a large number of societies.
This is simply not right. Women should be entitled to equal protection under the law and be able to participate in decision-making at the local and national levels. They should not bear the threat of violence simply because they are women. What’s more, experience shows that progress in women's voice and rights benefits everyone, not just women and girls.
Replay a discussion below as a distinguished panel of experts from the World Bank's Advisory Council on Gender and Development discussed and shared examples of the work being done to improve women's voice and agency.
- Otaviano Canuto | Vice President of Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network, The World Bank
- Nisha Agrawal | CEO, Oxfam India
- Jeni Klugman | Director, Gender and Development, The World Bank
- Elizabeth Broderick | Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Commissioner Responsible for Age Discrimination, Australia
- Betty Mwangi-Thuo | Chief of Financial Services, Safaricom
- Ramzia Aleryani | Chairwoman, Yemen Women's Union
- Alison Evans | Director, Overseas Development Institute