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Voice and agency: empowering women and girls for shared prosperity

Event date: 
5.30pm 25 September 2014
Venue: Molonglo Theatre Level 2, JG Crawford Building, ANU
  • A podcast of this event along with presentations and other post event resources is now available via the links below.

In this public event, Jeni Klugman, Senior Adviser, The World Bank Group and Fellow, Kennedy School, Harvard University, presented the main findings of Voice and Agency: empowering women and girls for shared prosperity, a major new report by the World Bank. The report shines a spotlight on the value of empowerment, the patterns of constraints that limit their realization, and the associated costs, not only to individual women but to their families, communities, and societies. It highlights promising policies and interventions, and it identifies priority areas where further research and more and better data and evidence are needed.

A great panel was assembled to discuss the report, consisting of: Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission; Dame Carol Kidu, former Papua New Guinea Member of Parliament, Minister for Community Development and advocate for women’s rights; and Ewen McDonald, Deputy Secretary, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The event was chaired by Fiona Jenkins, Convenor of the ANU Gender Institute.

Presented by ANU Gender Institute in partnership with the Development Policy Centre Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific


» Jeni Klugman - Voice and agency

» Elizabeth Broderick - Voice and agency


» Voice and agency: Jeni Klugman on the World Bank’s gender empowerment report, by Jeni Klugman and Ashlee Betteridge on October 23, 2014.

» Dame Carol Kidu on why things are getting tougher for PNG’s women, by Carol Kidu and Ashlee Betteridge on October 29, 2014.


» Voice and agency: empowering women and girls for shared prosperity (mp3 93.4MB)

Image: by DFAT on Flickr

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