FP Virtual Dialogue: Gender Equality and the World’s Economic Recovery

A pivotal opportunity for a more just future

Women around the world are shouldering the brunt of the economic and social burdens created by the COVID-19 pandemic, with women more likely to have lost their jobs or been forced to leave the workforce to care for children or loved ones. An estimated 11 million girls worldwide may not return to school as a result of the pandemic. Millions more have been pushed to poverty.

While the crisis has exposed many of the cracks and inequities across our global systems, it can also serve as an opportunity to shape more inclusive, sustainable and resilient approaches to global development. Rather than setting back the cause of gender equality, how can we center women and their rights in the global recovery effort?

As the world gears up for the Generation Equality Forum, Foreign Policy convened leading thinkers and doers across government, civil society and multilateral organizations worldwide to share practical insights and policy recommendations for harnessing the potential of women to drive transformative change locally and globally.

Our conversation:

  • Examined the gendered impacts of global crises and explored opportunities to accelerate women’s economic recovery, such as through data collection; aid and technical assistance that focuses on safety; support for small businesses, the care economy, and capacity-development of women around the world
  • Spotlighted how crisis response and relief efforts can incorporate a gender dimension to spur a more equitable economic recovery
  • Illustrated examples of gender-intentional policies and how civil society, governments, and multilateral organizations can contribute to cross-cutting initiatives that put women at the heart of economic recovery and have the reach, scope and scalability for meaningful impact

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Anila Denaj

Minister of Finance and Economy, Republic of Albania
Mrs. Anila Denaj has graduated in Finance and Banking Management in 1995 at the University of Tirana and has over 22 years of working experience. In September 2018, Mrs. Denaj w...

Dr. Nadine Gasman Zylbermann

President, National Institute for Women of Mexico
Dr. Nadine Gasman Zylbermann is President of the National Institute for Women of the Government of Mexico. With a PhD in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, Master in P...
Dr. Nadine Gasman Zylbermann
Dr. Nadine Gasman Zylbermann

Saba Gebremedhin

Executive Director, Network of Ethiopian Women's Associations
Saba Gebremedhin, born and raised in Addis Ababa, is a lawyer by training and profession. She previously served as an assistant judge as well as special prosecutor and assistant...
FP-Saba Gebremedhin
FP-Saba Gebremedhin

Jennifer Klein

Co-Chair and Executive Director, White House Gender Policy Council
Jennifer Klein is a Co-Chair and the Executive Director of the White House Gender Policy Council. She was previously the Chief Strategy and Policy Officer at TIME’S UP where s...
FP-Jennifer Klein
FP-Jennifer Klein

Reena Ninan

Founder, Good Trouble Productions
Reena is a television journalist who has worked as a White House correspondent, foreign reporter, and news anchor for ABC, CBS, and Fox News. She has re...
FP-Reena Ninan
FP-Reena Ninan

Anita Zaidi

President, Gender Equality and Director, Vaccine Development and Surveillance, and Director, EDD, Gates Foundation
Anita Zaidi is the president of the foundation’s Gender Equality Division. In this role, Anita oversees the foundation’s efforts to achieve gender equality by integrating ge...
FP-Anita Zaidi
FP-Anita Zaidi

For more information, contact Diana Marrero, Senior Vice President of Strategic Development.