World bank presentation on the Global Economic Crisis and the Power of Women

World bank presentation on the Global Economic Crisis and the Power of Women

November 2009 – In preparation for the Beijing+15 54th Commission on the Status of Women in 2010, the World Bank in Geneva and the CONGO Geneva NGO Committee on the Status of Women (NGOCSW) invited Ms. Mayra Buvinic to present the Bank’s strategy and policy in approaching the financial and economic crisis from a women’s empowerment and gender equal perspective and to address how gender equality is mainstreamed in the Bank.

She was asked particularly to speak to the NGOs present on how the World Bank is tackling the economic and financial crises from the angle of women’s rights, including the right to development, to women in decision-making and capitalising on their creativity and as agents of change, as added value not as welfare beneficiaries or victims in macroeconomic policies to get them out of poverty.

She was also asked to describe how the World Bank is strategically mainstreaming gender equality in its policies, programmes and projects that are sustainable, taking into account the asymmetries in power structures of institutions, politics, the labour market, corporate responsibilities, paid and unpaid work, cultures and mind sets.

Download the report of this presentation here.

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