Women leading politics and development

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The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and IMF and WPL are co-hosting a special Women Leading Politics and Development session to honor the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration on the second day of the flagship Global Parliamentary Forum.

The session on Tuesday, October 13th 2020, 16.00 PM to 17.30 PM CET  (click for help converting to other time zones) via  ZOOM (with translations into FR, ES)brings together a panel of distinguished female Speakers of Parliament and leaders to mobilize global legislators around advocacy for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

“Is gender equality a luxury in a time of a pandemic?” This is a question many people are currently asking. Discussions during the session will clarify how equality between women and men is a key element in prosperity and a priority in the COVID-19 response and recovery.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to hear critical insights and expertise from keynote speakers Mari Pangestu, World Bank Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, and Antoinette Sayeh,  IMF Deputy Managing Director and many other distinguished panelists from all around the world.

In highlighting the importance of women as parliamentarians, the session will reference two joint projects:

1) the World Bank Video Series with Speakers of Parliament around the world and their response to COVID-19 while safeguarding democracy; and

2) the Women in Parliaments Report studying the relationship between the percentage of women in parliament and the effectiveness of legal frameworks that repair gender inequalities, whose initial results will be announced at the session.

Register to attend the session here

During the Question & Answer session, participants will have the opportunity to submit questions, both ahead of time and live during the webinar.

To submit your questions prior to the event or for any inquiry, you can send an email to [email protected]



About the Global Parliamentary Forum

Organised by the World Bank, alongside the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank – ahead of the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings on October 12-15, this event is an occasion for parliamentarians to meet and engage in a direct dialogue on development with leadership and experts from the World Bank Group and the IMF.