Plenary – Accelerating Women’s Empowerment

Event Details
  • June 4th, Monday, 9:30am - 10:45am
  • Summit 1
Vidya Shah

Vidya Shah

CEO EdelGive Foundation

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Session Description

Women in Asia are on average 70% less likely than men to be in the labor force, and this gap persists despite economic growth, decreasing fertility rates, and increasing education.  This plenary will examine how stakeholders from intermediaries, government, foundations and corporates are all working to support women overcome these barriers to women entering and fully participating in the formal economy.  The plenary will set the conversation on these issues as AVPN 2018 will look at the role that education, healthcare and livelihoods can play in creating pathways for women to develop and grow. Why is it important? As long as women remain part of the informal economy, their impact is muted, their own economic situation remains perilous and they risk their long-term success being able to be pulled at any time by a make relative.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding the impact of women’s participation in the economy on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • What are the key interventions required to develop the economic potential of women?
  • What are the key notable innovations/initiatives being launched in Asia to accelerating Women’s Empowerment in Asia?

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    Ivic Mueco

    President - Asia Pacific Convergys

  • Yamini Atmavilas

    Yamini Atmavilas

    India Lead, Gender Equality Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Sarah Pearson

    Sarah Pearson

    Chief Innovation Officer, InnovationXchange Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

  • Sherrie Westin

    Sherrie Westin

    Executive Vice-President, Global Impact and Philanthropy Sesame Workshop

  • Ingrid Stange

    Ingrid Stange

    Founder & Chair Partnership for Change

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