May 12, 2017

Can we end poverty without addressing gender inequality?

Time

1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location

1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village

Speaker(s)

Rowan Harvey, Gender Equality Adviser at Oxfam International, (San Francisco)

Abstract

Why are NGO’s, governments and multilateral institutions increasingly concerned about gender inequality? In this session we’ll take a power walk to examine the ways in which gender inequality and economic inequality relate to and reinforce each other, and consider the importance of an intersectional approach to development. At the end of our journey we’ll look at how applying a gender lens to development programs delivers more holistic and impactful results and how to avoid common pitfalls, using a case study from the moderator’s own experience working with an NGO supporting Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Biographical Sketch

Rowan Harvey is a feminist and activist, currently working as Gender Equality Adviser in the Global Campaigns team of the international development NGO Oxfam. Focusing on policy development, advocacy and campaigns, she’s worked for a range of NGO’s including Save the Children and ActionAid International, has served as an adviser for the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for Women, Peace and Security, the co-chair of the UK Gender and Development Network Violence Against Women and Girls Working Group, as governor of the London School of Economics and is currently a US Board member for the charity Womankind Worldwide.