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Why Gender Equality Benefits Us All

Women for Women International - Nigeria

Women’s Equality is Everyone’s Business

A Panel Discussion on Why Gender Equality benefits us all

Brita at the Women’s Equality is Everyone’s Business panel
Women’s Equality is Everyone’s Business – a panel discussion on why gender equality benefits us all. Photo: Peter Jones Photography

About the event

No society can prosper whilst half the population are prevented from reaching their full potential, economically, socially or politically. But how can we work across sectors to achieve true gender equality?

It was so inspiring to welcome many of our amazing supporters to discuss the importance of gender equality at all levels at our ‘Women’s Equality is Everyone’s Business’ event, which took place at the Design Museum on Wednesday 18th October 2017. 

As we heard from Abdoulaye Touré, the Country Director for Women for Women International – Democratic Republic of the Congo, engaging male leadership in any country is essential to any efforts towards supporting the empowerment of women effectively. Over the past 15 years, Women for Women International has worked with almost 21,00 men in our Men’s Engagement Programme.

The training aims to raise men's understanding of and attitudes towards violence against women, girls' education and women's participation in community activities. Through participation in the programme, men can become allies who understand the benefits of promoting gender equality and work in partnership with women.

As our Chair, Sir John Holmes concluded, we hope this event is the start of a hugely important and timely conversation on achieving greater gender equality and that together we will continue to engage men as champions for women’s empowerment.

Meet the panel

Sir John Holmes

Former UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Chairman of International Rescue Committee UK (Chair)

Nadja Swarovski

Chairperson of the Swarovski Foundation and Women for Women International Ambassador

June Yee Felix

VeriFone President of Europe & Russia and Non-Executive Director, IG Group

Abdoulaye Touré

Country Director, Women for Women International - Democratic Republic of the Congo

With thanks to our sponsor

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