Changing gender norms to empower rural women and girls

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Changing gender norms to empower rural women and girls

Time: March 8, 2018 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Location: United Nations Headquarters, United Nations Plaza, New Yor
Event Type: event
Organized By: Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, ODI and ALIGN
Latest Activity: Mar 5

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There is a growing recognition within the development community that gender equality requires deep reforms that challenge patriarchal regimes and empower women and girls to achieve their full potential.

More recently, the #MeToo and Time's Up campaigns have catalysed public debate on gender roles and how power is exercised and led many to challenge the discriminatory gender norms that underlie certain practices, beliefs and behaviours. But to what extent can changing norms advance women’s rights and gender equality more broadly – especially for women and girls in remote and rural communities? And how can international policy-makers and national legislators seize the current momentum to catalyse a deeper, progressive change that leaves no one behind?

On International Women’s Day, the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, the Overseas Development Institute (ODI)and Advancing Learning and Innovation on Gender Norms (ALIGN) co-host an event at the United Nations on gender norm change, to shape and support the upcoming negotiations of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Informed by new ODI research, and the knowledge of our many partners, the event explores the latest state of the debate on the policies, practices and power relations that enable or constrain women’s contributions to society.

Contributing chair - Anju Malhotra - Principal Advisor, Gender and Development, UNICEF

Opening remarks - Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason - Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations

Speakers:
Caroline Harper - Principal Research Fellow and Head of Programme, Social Development, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Purna Sen - Director of Policy, UN Women
Chernor Bah - Co-Founder and Executive Director, Purposeful Productions
Nancy Glass - Associate Director, John Hopkins Center for Global Health


For more information on the speakers, and to register for this event (either in person or to watch online), click here.

Registration closes on 2nd March 2018.

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