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Washington DC: Toward a More Equal Future


Toward a More Equal Future: On October 14th, this high-level panel featuring German Development Minister Svenja Schulze, USAID Administrator Samantha Power (tbc), Egypts Minister of International Cooperation, Rania al-Mashat (tbc), and others discusses how social protection can reduce barriers to equal participation and contribute to achieving the goals of a feminist development policy.

About this event

The Center for Global Development (CGD), the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), AFL-CIO, the World Banks #AccelerateEquality initiative, and Germanys Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) invite you to a public event to discuss how social protection can promote gender equality and more inclusive economic development.

Social protection aims to ensure that all people can participate and benefit from social and economic development, making countries more resilient in the face of multiple global crises. By reducing barriers to equal participation, universal social protection systems can in turn contribute to achieving the goals of a feminist development policy – but only if these systems are designed to be gender-transformative: actively addressing social norms, gender stereotypes, and social power relations that lead to social inequalities.

Organized in the context of the World Bank Annual Meetings, this event features Samantha Power, USAID Administrator (tbc) and Svenja Schulze, Germanys Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as a distinguished panel of experts.


Welcome Remarks (AFL-CIO, FES, and CGD)

Svenja Schulze, Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
Samantha Power, Administrator, USAID (tbc)
Rania al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, Egypt (tbc)
High-Level World Bank Representative (tbd)
Cathy Feingold, Director of International Department, AFL-CIO (tbc)

Moderated panel discussion:

Megan ODonnell, Policy Fellow & Assistant Director for Gender, Center for Global Development

Q&A with audience

Wrap-Up and Closing Remarks

Reception with buffet lunch served after the event


Please bring a copy of your ticket (digital or hard copy) to the event, as well as a government-issued photo ID and proof of Covid-19 vaccination.