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High-level event 'Towards a Gender-Equal World'

High-level event organised by the European Commission in cooperation with the EEAS, the German Presidency of the EU and the European Parliament

25 November 2020

9:00 – 11:00: Session 1 - The EU new Gender action plan – An ambitious agenda for gender equality and women’s empowerment in EU external action 2021 – 2025

Moderated by Beatrice Marshall, CGTN Africa (tbc)

9:00 Opening

Video on EU action on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

Josep BORRELL, High Representative/Vice-President of the European Commission


Gerd MÜLLER, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (video message)

Jutta URPILAINEN, Commissioner for International Partnerships

Chrysoula ZACHAROPOULOU, Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Development

10:00 Moderated talk

Youth as drivers of change – Moderated talk with young leaders and Mr Koen DOENS, Director General DEVCO (tbc) 

  • Vivian ONANO
  • Reuben James BARRETE
  • Fatou BINTOU

10:45 – 11:00 Break

Session 2: 11:00 – 12:30 - Presentations and Discussion on the EU contribution to the Generation Equality Forum and the Action Coalitions

Moderated by: Ms Dagmar Schumacher, Director, UN Women Brussels Office

11:00 Opening – Overview on Generation Equality Forum and Action Coalitions

Delphine O, Ambassador-at-large and Secretary General for the Generation Equality Forum (Beijing+25), France

Mauricio ESCANERO, Ambassador, Mission of Mexico to the European Union 

Xenia KELLNER, Young Feminist Europe, GEF Civil Society Advisory Group 

Sarah HENDRICKS, Director Programme, Policy and Intergovernmental Division, UN Women(video message)

11.20 – 12.20 Moderated talks

Interviews with 

Ann BERNES, Ambassador for Gender Equality, Sweden (tbc)

Claire FOURCANS, Director Programme, European Women’s Lobby
, Director JUST.D Equality Union Citizenship, European Commission

12.20 Call for action

Maria FLACHSBARTH, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

12:30 – 13:30 Break

Session 3: 13:30 – 18:00 - Panel discussions on key thematic areas for gender equality

13:30 – 15:00 Parallel sessions

Panel 1 - Promoting Economic and Social Rights and the Empowerment of Girls and Women

    • Ana PELAEZ, Vice-President of the European Disability Forum
    • Antti Pekka KARHUNEN, Principal Adviser for Trade and Development, European Commission, Directorate for International Development and Cooperation
    • Christelle KWIZERA, Social entrepreneur, Water Access Rwanda
    • Caren GROWN, Global Director Gender, The World Bank
    • Lieve VERBOVEN, Director of the ILO Office to the EU and the Benelux countries, International Labour Organisation
    • Sofía SPRECHMANN SINEIRO, Secretary General Care International, AC EJR co-leader

    Moderated by: Hafsat ABIOLA, Founder – Women in Africa

    Panel 2 - Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    • Gertrud Nørbjerg Kümmel BIRK, Global Equal Rights Coordinator and leads Team Leader “Equal Opportunities”, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Denmark (Generation Equality Action Coalition co-leader) 
    • Lorence KABASELE BIRUNGI, President of AfriYAN Eastern and Southern Africa (African Youth and Adolescent Network), President of UNFPA DRC Youth Advisory Panel, Executive Director of Young Peoples Network on End Child Marriage and Teenage pregnancy in DRC
    • Yordanos T. WOLDE, Programme coordinator, Talent Youth Association

    Moderated by: Professor Jane FREEDMAN, Professor of Politics at the Paris 8 University

    Panel 3 - Promoting a Fair and Inclusive green transition

    • Hindou OUMAROU IBRAHIM, Association of Peul Women and Autochthonous Peoples of Chad (AFPAT) 
    • Lesha WITMER, Women for Water Partnership 
    • Rose MWEBAZA, Director of the Climate Technology Centre & Network, UNIDO 
    • Sarah TOUMI, Expert in Social Innovation and Agroecology  

    Moderated by: Stefano SIGNORE, Head of Unit DEVCO.C.6 Sustainable Energy, Climate Change, European Commission, Directorate for International Development and Cooperation

    15:00 – 15:15 Break

    15:15 – 16:45 Parallel sessions

    Panel 4 - Ensuring Freedom from Gender-Based Violence

    • Henriette GEIGER, Director DEVCO B People and Peace, European Commission, Directorate for International Development and Cooperation
    • Nahla VALJI, Senior Gender Advisor to the UN Secretary-General, Spotlight Secretariat representative
    • Williametta SAYDEE-TARR, Liberia Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection
    • Ana Inés ÁLVAREZ, Avon Foundation, Executive Director
    • Nicolette TAYLOR, Ford Foundation, Regional Director

    Moderated by: Krishanti DHARMARAJ, Executive Director, Center for Women's Global Leadership

    Panel 5 - Women, Peace and Security

    • Aine HEARNS, Ambassador, Director of the Conflict Resolution Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ireland
    • Dr Laura DAVIS, Senior Associate, Gender Peace and Security, European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO)
    • Ernest URTASUN, MEP and Vice President EFA and member of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality , European Parliament
    • General Claudio GRAZIANO, Chairman of the European Union Military Committee
    • Olof SKOOG, Ambassador, Head of EU Delegation to the United Nations
    • Vanessa PRINZ, Women, Peace and Security Focal Point, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Germany

      Moderated by: Mara MARINAKI, EEAS Principal Advisor on Gender and UNSCR 1325

      Panel 6 - Promoting Women Empowerment through Digitalisation

      • Carla MONTESI, Director “Planet ad Prosperity”, European Commission, Directorate for International Development and Cooperation
      • Barbara RAMBOUSEK, Director for Gender and Economic Inclusion, European bank for Reconstruction and Development
      • Nandini CHAMI, Deputy Director, IT for Change, A+ Alliance
      • Katri VIINIKKA,Ambassador for Gender Equality (Finland)
      • Henriette KOLB, Head Gender and Economic Inclusion Group, International Finance Corporation
      • Victoria MALOKA, Acting Director of  the Women, Gender and Development Directorate (WGDD) of the African Union Commission
      • Ibilola AMAO, Executive Consultant at Lonadek Global Services
      • Marie Goretti Nduwayo, UN women Regional Senior Adviser to African Union and ECA

      Moderated by: Sasha RUBEL, programme specialist in the Digital Innovation and Transformation Section of the Communication and Information Sector at UNESCO 

      16:45 – 17:00 Break

      17:00 Presentations

      Outcomes of the panel discussion


      Åsa REGNER
      , Deputy Executive Director UN Women (tbc)

      Closing remarks

      Marjeta JAGER, Deputy Director General DEVCO

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      Spain 35
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      United States 18
      Netherlands 15
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      Nigeria 7
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      India 3
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      Morocco 3
      Kosovo 3
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      Croatia 3
      Slovakia 3
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      Mongolia 1
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      Belarus 1
      Serbia 1
      Libya 1
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      Congo 1
      Iraq 1
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      China 1
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