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IDRC/UNRISD Panel - Gender Equality Striving for Justice in an Unequal World

Date: 1 Dec 2005

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  • Location: International Development Research Centre (IDRC) 250 Albert Street, Ottawa
  • Donor(s): This activity has been funded by the Department for Research Co-operation of the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida/SAREC), the European Union, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC, Ottawa, Canada) and the government of the Netherlands.
  • Project Title: Policy Report on Gender and Development: 10 Years after Beijing


Ten years after the Beijing World Conference on Women, our societies show some progress towards gender equality, evident in the increased visibility of women in elected assemblies and state institutions; in the narrowing gaps in school enrolment; and in the growing presence of women in the labour market. Despite such gains, pervasive inequalities persist, and across the world, women’s access to resources, authority, and power continues to be limited.

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) report, “Gender Equality: Striving for Justice in an Unequal World,” explores inequities faced by women in the following four areas: macroeconomics and well-being; work and social policy; politics and public life; and armed conflict.

As the International Development Research Centre is committed to supporting gender- focused research, the Centre’s Gender Unit is pleased to host the Canadian launch of the UNRISD report.

09.30–09.45 Opening Session

·Chairperson: Claudie Gosselin, Head Gender Unit, IDRC

·Opening: Thandika Mkandawire, Director, UNRISD

09.45–10.00 Session One:
Macroeconomics, Well-Being and Gender Equality
·Ann Zammit, Independent Consultant

10.00–10.15 Session Two:
Gender, Armed Conflict and the Search for Peace
·Shahra Razavi, UNRISD

Open for discussion

10.45–11.00 Session Three:
Women in Politics and Public Life
·Marnia Lazreg, Hunter College of the City University of New York

11.00–11.15 Session Four:
Women, Work and Social Policy
·Urvashi Butalia, Aman Trust

11:15: - 11:20 Future Directions for Research in Gender and Development
·Shahra Razavi, UNRISD

Open for discussion

11:45 – 12:00 Closing Session
·Rohinton Medhora, VP, IDRC


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