How will investments in women and girls contribute to global prosperity?
On November 15th, the world’s population is projected to surpass 8 billion people, according to the UN. The number of people on the planet will continue to increase to a projected 9.7 billion by 2050 and 10.4 billion in the 2080s, with population centers expanding most in low- and middle-income countries. These trends coincide with a slowdown in global economic growth forecasts, exacerbated by the current crises. The world will cross this population milestone against a backdrop of increasingly worrying trends, which will only serve to exacerbate food insecurity and economic precarity and contribute to the backsliding of women’s rights around the world. Elevating the status of women and girls and strengthening access to reproductive healthcare will be vital to reversing these trends and mitigating the cascading impacts from population pressure.
Against this backdrop, Foreign Policy in partnership with the Population Institute hosted a timely, action-oriented discussion on the intersectional impacts of population growth and how strengthening investments in women and girls will be central to achieving greater security and prosperity for communities around the world.
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Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women
Ms. Anita Bhatia serves as the Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women’s Deputy Executive Dire...
Ms. Anita Bhatia serves as the Assistant Secretary-General and UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director since August 2019.
Before joining UN Women, Ms. Bhatia has had a distinguished career at the World Bank Group, serving in various senior leadership and management positions, both at Headquarters and in the field. She brings extensive experience in the area of in international development, strategy, resource mobilization, strategic partnerships and organizational change management. In various positions, she led teams to deliver significant resources for scaled-up impact, including at the country level, and to craft innovative partnerships to advance development agendas and has made significant contributions to the evolving discourse on development finance. She has led diverse teams, including as Global Head of Knowledge Management, Head of Business Process Improvement and Head of Change Management. In addition to Latin America, she has worked in Africa, Europe, Central Asia and South and East Asia.
Ms. Bhatia holds a BA in History from Calcutta University, an MA in Political Science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor in Law from Georgetown University.
Director, Center for Girls Education in Nigeria
Habiba Mohammed worked for 16 years as a secondary school teacher and guidance counselor in northern Nigeria before becoming the Director of CGE. She was awarded a six-week Teac...
Habiba Mohammed worked for 16 years as a secondary school teacher and guidance counselor in northern Nigeria before becoming the Director of CGE. She was awarded a six-week Teaching Achievement Fellowship at Bowling Green University and was among the first to be named a Malala Yousafzai Girls’ Champion, a capacity in which she still serves today.
Deputy Executive Director (Management), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Mr. Petersen, who recently served as Director for the Department of Migration, Conflict and Stabilization of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, brings to the position over ...
Mr. Petersen, who recently served as Director for the Department of Migration, Conflict and Stabilization of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, brings to the position over 30 years of experience within the spheres of bilateral and multilateral affairs and development.
Prior to his position as Department Director, Mr. Petersen served as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Denmark to the United Nations from 2013 to 2019, during which he held several important duties. Most notably, Mr. Petersen has served on the Executive Boards of the United Nations Development Programme, including as President of the Joint UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS Executive Board in 2017, and most recently as Special Envoy for ICPD25 and the Nairobi Summit as well as Special Envoy for Conflict and Fragility.
Mr. Petersen started his career with the Danish Ministry in 1985. During his service, he held positions including State Secretary of Development Cooperation, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Latin America and the United Nations from 2007 to 2009 and State Secretary for Development Policy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2013. During this time, Mr. Petersen led the development of new strategies for Danish development cooperation, strengthened results-based management and successfully implemented development campaigns and initiatives to support economic growth in Africa, and to support women's rights and empowerment, including through the “MDG3 Global Call to Action” campaign. Working for women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights has been a central element of Mr. Petersen’s professional life.
Mr. Petersen holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Aarhus.
Senior Advisor on Gender, Office of the Managing Director, IMF
Ratna Sahay is Senior Advisor on Gender in the Office of the Managing Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She is responsible for mainstreaming gender in the Fund'...
Ratna Sahay is Senior Advisor on Gender in the Office of the Managing Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She is responsible for mainstreaming gender in the Fund's core activities-surveillance, programs, and capacity development. Until April 2021, she was a Deputy Director in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, where she led several policy papers and projects in the areas of monetary policy, exchange rate policy, capital account, financial development, financial inclusion, and gender. She has worked in several regional departments in the IMF and has previously served as Advisor to Stanley Fischer (First Deputy Managing Director) and Michael Mussa and Kenneth Rogoff (both Economic Counselors at the IMF). She has published widely in leading journals. She has taught at Delhi University, Columbia University, and New York University and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University, New York.
President and CEO, Population Institute
Kathleen Mogelgaard is President and CEO of the Population Institute, where she directs the organization’s advocacy and public education activities. Kathleen is passionate abo...
Kathleen Mogelgaard is President and CEO of the Population Institute, where she directs the organization’s advocacy and public education activities. Kathleen is passionate about promoting deeper understanding of linkages among issues that are critical for sustainable development, including population dynamics, reproductive rights, gender, climate change, and food security. Prior to taking the leadership helm the Institute in 2021, Kathleen was Principal of KAM Consulting, where she worked with clients in Washington and globally in policy analysis, research, and advocacy. Her previous work includes roles with Population Action International, Oxfam American, National Audubon Society, and the Population Reference Bureau, where she provided research support and technical assistance for conservation and development projects in Africa and Asia. Kathleen has participated as an observer in negotiations on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, where she represented the World Resources Institute in advocating for effective adaptation planning that incorporates the expressed needs of marginalized and vulnerable communities. Kathleen was the lead researcher and writer of “Unfinished Business: The Pursuit of Rights and Choices for All,” the United Nations Population Fund’s 2019 State of World Population Report. She holds masters degrees in public policy and natural resources from the University of Michigan.
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 reported around the world f...
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 reported around the world from India to Israel, Libya to Lebanon. She was the anchor, most recently, of the CBS evening news on Saturday nights. She is the founder of Good Trouble Productions, a media company focused on creating content with purpose.
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