Measuring what matters:

How women are critical to pandemic recovery

October 28, 2021 12 pm ET / 9 am PT
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In today's discussion, GZERO Media and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation look beyond traditional indicators of economic recovery to examine the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on girls and women around the world. 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 if policymakers take a gender-intentional approach.

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We examine and discuss the evidence, the opportunities, and the economic arguments that support a truly inclusive recovery.

Host, Tumelo Mothotoane, Senior News Anchor, eNCA, leads the discussion with:
  • Ian Bremmer, President and Founder, Eurasia Group and GZERO Media
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Former Executive Director, UN Women
  • Minouche Shafik, Director, London School of Economics
  • Mark Suzman, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Okito Vanessa Wedi, Founder and CEO of Creative Development
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Tumelo Mothotoane

Tumelo Mothotoane is a Prime Time News Anchor on eNCA's 'The South African Morning' and hosts #Africa with Tumelo Mothotoane - a Pan-African program that covers news from the African continent. She previously played her role as the founding host of both a daily talkshow called Daily Thetha on SABC 1 and a breakfast show called The Morning Show on ETV, and further was a talk radio show host for Power Week on Power FM. Tumelo Mothotoane previously held the role of Managing Director at EST Communications.

Ian Bremmer

Ian Bremmer is a political scientist who helps business leaders, policy makers, and the general public make sense of the world around them. He is president and founder of Eurasia Group, the world’s leading political risk research and consulting firm, and GZERO Media, a company dedicated to providing intelligent and engaging coverage of international affairs.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is former United Nations Under- Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She became a Member of Parliament, Deputy Minister of Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of Minerals and Energy, and finally as Deputy President of South Africa in 2005 to 2008, Dr. Mlambo-Ngcuka worked tirelessly on programmes and policies to reduce inequality. As the head of the UNwomen, she has been a global advocate for women and girls. She established initiatives such as the HeForShe for men and boys to address gender Equality.

Minouche Shafik

Minouche Shafik was appointed Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science in September 2017. Prior to joining LSE, Minouche served as the Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. Previous roles also include Vice President of the World Bank – the youngest in the history of the organisation, Permanent Secretary of the UK Department for International Development and Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the Queen's New Year's Honours list in 2015 and a cross-bench peer in the House of Lords in 2020.

Mark Suzman

As CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mark Suzman leads the organization in its mission to give every person the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. Born and raised in South Africa, Mark has always been mindful to use the advantages afforded him to help tackle injustice and inequality. Following a career in journalism and with the United Nations, he joined the foundation in 2007 and became CEO in 2020. Mark holds a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He earned his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, from Harvard University.

Dr. Okito Vanessa Wedi

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Dr. Okito Vanessa Wedi is a global health and development specialist, medical doctor, and author providing policy and advocacy support to multilateral organisations and international NGOs, including the United Nations (UN), Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (UTC), the African Union (UN) and the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD). Prior to this, she was the Head of Global Policy and Advocacy for Africa at Global Citizen, an international advocacy organization building a movement of people to end extreme poverty by 2030.

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