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Add to Calendar 2021-03-03 07:00 2021-03-03 08:30 America/New_York World Bank Live - The Africa Human Capital Plan: Why Investing in Women & Girls Matters Now More Than Ever

In Sub-Saharan Africa, evidence shows that investing in women’s and girls’ education, health and economic opportunities is fundamental to realizing the continent’s human capital potential and spurring sustainable economic growth. Over the past few decades, countries in the region have made considerable progress addressing a range of outcomes that are critical for women’s and girls’ empowerment, including legal reforms on the age of marriage and gender-based violence. However, women and girls remain particularly vulnerable by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated existing gender gaps and inequalities. The COVID-19 response must therefore be centered on protecting, preserving and sustaining financial and social investments in women and girls.

As part of the Human Capital Project Global Forum, which brings together government focal points from around the world, this event will highlight testimonies from voices with first-hand experience and expertise on why protecting and advancing women’s and girls’ social and economic empowerment in the immediate and long-term matters now more than ever. Government leaders and development partners will also share lessons learned from previous crisis, efforts to protect investments in human capital, and how they are pursuing this critical development agenda amidst the current crisis.

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The Africa Human Capital Plan: Why Investing in Women & Girls Matters Now More Than Ever

March 3rd, 2021 | 7am ET

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In Sub-Saharan Africa, evidence shows that investing in women’s and girls’ education, health and economic opportunities is fundamental to realizing the continent’s human capital potential and spurring sustainable economic growth. Over the past few decades, countries in the region have made considerable progress addressing a range of outcomes that are critical for women’s and girls’ empowerment, including legal reforms on the age of marriage and gender-based violence. However, women and girls remain particularly vulnerable by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated existing gender gaps and inequalities. The COVID-19 response must therefore be centered on protecting, preserving and sustaining financial and social investments in women and girls.

As part of the Human Capital Project Global Forum, which brings together government focal points from around the world, this event will highlight testimonies from voices with first-hand experience and expertise on why protecting and advancing women’s and girls’ social and economic empowerment in the immediate and long-term matters now more than ever. Government leaders and development partners will also share lessons learned from previous crisis, efforts to protect investments in human capital, and how they are pursuing this critical development agenda amidst the current crisis.

Join us for the live conversation on March 3rd.
Be sure to sign up for an email reminder!

Speakers

Managing Director, Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank

Managing Director of Operations, World Bank

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women

Executive Director, UNICEF

Musician, Poet, Dancer, Motivational Speaker, Actress

Minister of Education & Chief Innovation Officer, Sierra Leone

Jaha Dukureh, CEO & Founder of Safe Hands for Girls, and Africa Regional UN Women Ambassador. Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown

CEO & Founder of Safe Hands for Girls, and Africa Regional UN Women Ambassador  

Country Director, Mali, Guinea, Niger and Chad, World Bank

Dr. Anita Asiimwe, Director-General, National Child Development Agency

Director-General, National Child Development Agency, Rwanda

r. Natalia Kanem, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Mamta Murthi

Vice President, Human Development, World Bank

Vice-President, Western and Central Africa, World Bank

Vice President, Eastern and Southern Africa

Hosts

Nayé Bathily, Manager, External Affairs, Western and Central Africa, World Bank

Manager, External Affairs, Western and Central Africa, World Bank

Edith Jibunoh, Manager, External Affairs, Eastern & Southern Africa, World Bank

Manager, External Affairs, Eastern & Southern Africa, World Bank

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