The Work of the Think20 Task Force on Gender Economic Equity Begins


The Work of the Think20 Task Force on Gender Economic Equity has begun in Argentina, with the Think 20 Inception Workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I am honored to co-chair this Task Force with Gala Díaz Langou, Director of Social Programs, CIPPEC.

Women Who Inspire Me – July 2017



Kudos to the founder - Carol Cooke, and women entrepreneurs engaged in the Barefoot in Business initiative – taking the work of the UNSG High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment forward! This is an impressive undertaking designed to mobilize investment in and provide a marketplace for products produced by women in Uganda [...]

Smart and Fair: Recognizing Women’s Role in Our Economic Future


In July 2017, I participated in the very lively debates and discussions during the Chatham House International Policy Forum. This Forum brought together a diverse group of participants for a constructive dialogue to explore innovative gender-inclusive policy ideas for the G20. On the first day of the Forum, my particular contribution was to provide an overview [...]

Joining the Movement on Women’s Economic Empowerment


On September 22, 2016, during the launch of the first Report of the United Nation’s Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment, Christine Lagarde – Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund noted that “Women’s empowerment is not just a moral imperative; it’s an economic no-brainer. And, we know that eliminating discrimination, eliminating inequality [...]

Taking Action for Transformative Change on Women’s Economic Empowerment


In January 2016, the United Nations Secretary-General announced the establishment of a High-Level Panel on women’s economic empowerment. Its mission is to lead the charge on closing the economic gender gap, placing the economic empowerment of women squarely on the global agenda within the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, recognizing that Goal 5 is cornerstone [...]

Policy Makers Convene to Promote Reform


The Western Balkans Regional Network of policymakers was established in 2007 to share knowledge, effect policy change, and promote business environment reforms to enhance regional and national competitiveness. The Network provided a forum for bringing together Government Ministers and senior policy makers (national and sub-national), parliamentarians, the private sector, academia, and world class experts [...]