Gender Equality and Progress in Societies: Session 1

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On 12th March 2010, UNESCO and the OECD Development Centre are jointly organising an International Workshop on “Gender Equality and Progress in Societies” in Paris, a unique opportunity to consider gender equality from a broader perspective while addressing its inherent socio-cultural-economic implications.

Each day prior to the Conference, Wikigender will be focusing on a different session of the Conference. Today, Monday 8th March 2010, the focus is on session 1 and International Women's Day 2010.

Session 1: Making the economic case for empowering women

Opening Remarks - Launch of the "Atlas of Gender and Development"

9.00 – 9.30: Registration
9.30 – 09.45: Welcome note – Opening remarks
Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD
Hans d’Orville, Deputy Director-General a.i. and Assistant Director-General for Strategic Planning of UNESCO

9.45 – 10.00: Launch of the “Atlas of Gender and Development: How Social Norms Affect Gender Equality in non-OECD Countries”
Johannes Jütting, Head of the Poverty Reduction and Social Development Unit, OECD Development Centre


Session 1: Making the economic case for empowering women

Chair: Gülser Corat, UNESCO Director of the Division for Gender Equality

10.00 - 11.30: This session will set the scene by focusing on the linkages between women’s empowerment and economic growth, while also exploring a broader perspective encompassing culture and development issues.

10.45 – 11.30: Discussion
11.30 – 11.45 – Coffee break


Relevant links to Session 1 

Monday, 8 March 2010: International Women's Day


  1. Women: the Front line Against Hunger
  2. CARE IWD "wear a string" campaign
  3. IWD Message 2010 for UNIFEM Australia

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