Global Development Through Women's Economic Empowerment

Global Development Through Women's Economic Empowerment



Women's economic empowerment is a prerequisite for inclusive and equitable economic growth as well as global peace and security. Individualized solutions to this global challenge require collaboration across the public and private sectors to expand access to capital, increase labor force participation, and ensure safe and secure work environments as women both enter and advance within the formal economy. However, commitment to these issues cannot rest with short-term financial mechanisms alone. Equally as consequential are the structural barriers that prevent women around the world from reaching their economic potential and contributing to local and global prosperity. How are international actors positioning women at the heart of their development strategy and embedding gender expertise within their government programs, economic models, and policy priorities?

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Mark Suzman

Chief Strategy Officer and President, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation



Penny Abeywardena

Commissioner for International Affairs, Mayor's Office, City of New York; former Director of Girls and Women Integration, Clinton Global Initiative


Kathryn Kaufman

Managing Director, Global Women's Issues, OPIC


Chetna Sinha

Founder and Chair, Mann Deshi Bank and Mann Deshi Foundation


James G. Stavridis

Operating Executive, The Carlyle Group; Supreme Allied Commander at NATO (2009-2013)


Stephanie von Friedeburg

Chief Operating Officer, International Finance Corporation