Friends of Europe Strategic Conversation with Margo Thomas and Nahla Valji – A gender-focused post-pandemic recovery


Expected by some to be the ‘great leveller’, the COVID-19 crisis has ultimately laid bare the world’s persistent inequalities. Particularly obvious have been the ways in which different genders have experienced the pandemic. Instances of domestic violence rose across the globe. Women reported difficulties in accessing essential reproductive health services. They provided childcare when [...]

2019 Think-20 Task Force on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Women’s Economic Empowerment (SDG5)


Under the 2019 Japanese Presidency of the G20, the Think 20 (T20) Engagement Group carried forward the work on women’s economic empowerment (WEE) through the Task Force on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Once again, I had the privilege of serving as Co-Chair on women’s economic empowerment (SDG5) along with Gala Díaz Langou, Social Protection Program Director with the Center for the 
Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (CIPPEC). We worked closely with the Women 20 (W20) Engagement Group under the leadership of Professor Yoriko Meguro and Haruno Yoshida.

2018 Think-20 Task Force on Gender Economic Equity: From Inception to Summit


As the 2018 Argentine Presidency of the G20 draws to a close, this post looks back at some of the highlights from the work of the 2018 Think-20 Engagement Group’s Task Force on Gender Economic Equity (GEE). There has been significant convergence on key focus areas and recommendations for action on gender economic equity across the G7-G20 and the relevant engagement groups including the T20 and W20.

CONVERSATION WITH MARGO THOMAS – St. Aidan’s College, Durham University (Durham, United Kingdom – November 2018)


My presentation on ‘Women’s Economic Empowerment and The Costs of Inequity’ was hosted and co-sponsored by Dr. Susan Frenk, Principal of St Aidan’s College at Durham University in partnership with Societal Innovation and Enterprise Forum, (SIEF) Durham University. Approximately 50 participants representing academia, private sector and policy makers attended and actively engaged in discussion following the presentation. [...]



The 2018 Women's Forum reflected on some of the global challenges still faced by women, as part of a wider commitment to "leave no one behind" in the Commonwealth journey to achieving gender equality by 2030. Several members of the WEI team participated, including Dinah Bennett, Nicole Pitter-Patterson, Margo Thomas, and Noreen Cesario. I participated [...]

One Scotland – Provocation Piece: The Time for Gender Economic Equity is Now!


One Scotland - Provocation Piece: The Time for Gender Economic Equity is Now! “Globally, over 2.7 billion women are legally restricted from having the same choice of jobs as men.”[1] In January 2018, the World Economic Campaign launched its Davos 2018 campaign with an article proclaiming “Why 2018 must be the year for women to [...]

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 [...]

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