COVID-19's impact on girls and women: live townhall

From overall health and wellness to representation in the global workforce, women and girls have faced serious setbacks over the past 18+ months. They also hold the key to more robust and inclusive growth in the months and years ahead: McKinsey & Company estimates that centering recovery efforts on women could contribute $13 trillion to global GDP by 2030.

As part of our "Measuring What Matters" series, GZERO Media and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will look beyond traditional indicators of economic recovery to examine COVID-19's impact on girls and women, specifically in the areas of health and employment.


Key questions covered will include:

  • How can policymakers take a gender-intentional approach in recovery programs to realize the benefits of an inclusive recovery?
  • How should the public and private sectors collaborate?
  • What should policy frameworks and support mechanisms look like?
  • How can these immediate steps set us on track for robust and long-term growth?

Join our host, Tumelo Mothotoane of eNCA, in a live discussion with:

  • Ian Bremmer, President and Founder, Eurasia Group and GZERO Media
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Former Executive Director, UN Women
  • Minouche Shafik, Director, LSE
  • Mark Suzman, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Okito Vanessa Wedi, Snr Policy Advisor for Regional and Domestic Markets, Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases

Thursday, October 28, 2021 | 12 pm ET / 9 am PT
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