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Accelerate Equality and Empowerment: How Women’s Leadership and Collective Action Can Make a Difference

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Gender equality and empowerment are at the heart of solutions to the crises of poverty and economic distress, climate change, and rising fragility and conflict. By addressing gender-based discrimination, adverse social norms, and stagnant, siloed mindsets, women and girls are more fully able to contribute their full potential to solutions.

The World Bank Group is in the process of updating its Gender Strategy, and is reflecting on lessons learned as well as what it will take to accelerate progress towards equality for women in communities and worldwide.

Headlined by the Honorable Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobel Laureate and former President of Liberia, this hour-long panel discussion will feature women leaders from across the globe and across generations to reflect on the importance of accelerating gender equality and empowerment; explore the power of collective action to accelerate change; and discuss how the private sector, philanthropic, and community leaders can play the role of changemakers and, together, accelerate equality.  


00:00 Welcome

00:51 Opening remarks by Axel van Trotsenburg, Managing Director of Operations, World Bank

07:24 Remarks by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President, Liberia

23:28 Conversation between Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Mamta Murthi, Vice President, Human Development, World Bank

38:27 Panel discussion: Visions from Nicaragua, India, and Egypt

  • Myrna Cunningham, Miskitu Feminist, Indigenous Rights Activist and Medical Surgeon, Nicaragua
  • Richa Gupta, CEO, Labhya Foundation, SDG Young Leader, UN and Board Member, UNICEF, India
  • Omnia El Omrani, COP27 President Youth Envoy and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Resident, Egypt
  • Moderator: Kimberly Gire, Founder and Chair of Global Women Leaders Strategic Philanthropy

1:00:00 Closure

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