Topic: the political economy of gender in a multipolar world, why does it matter?
Theme: Tomorrow’s multipolar world, through a gender lens
Date: 14 July 2023
Venue: Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa
Number of attendees: 150pax (female business and association leaders, political leaders,
economists and government leaders across the African continent).
Debate Facilitators: Ms Yolisa Makhasi and Dr. Nonhlanhla Mkhize

Debate Panellists: Hon. Min. Dr. Naledi Pandor, Hon. Premier Nomusa Dube-Ncube, H.E Mrs Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, H.E Dr. Arikana Chihombori, Dr. Carolyn Chisadza, Hon. Min. Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, Hon. Min. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, H.E. Mrs Dilma Vana Rousseff (President of the New Development Bank), Hon. Min. Thoko Didiza, Hon. Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina, Ms. Leila Beiling (Gender and Development Consultant, Co-Founder of We are Feminist Leaders), Ms. Elvira Nabiullina, Gita Gopinath, Ms. Sbusisiwe Sibeko.

The focus of the Debate: The BRICS Gender Dividend Debate will deep dive into the political economy of gender in a multipolar world, with the ultimate objective of framing “Tomorrow’s multipolar world, through a gender lens” for Women by Women in BRICS and African nations. Key areas to be tackled during the debate include;

  • Discussions on what revolutionary decisions, investments and measures of success have to be deployed by BRICS leaders to advance gender equity and equality for inclusive and thriving BRICS and African economies.
  • What policy reforms are required for BRICS and African nations to emerge as leaders in attaining Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals?
  • How will the changing face of BRICS and the African political and economic landscape affect transforming industries to become gender-neutral and inclusive?
  • What actions and commitments are required to break down the “cement” ceiling and activate gender lens investment for inclusive growth of BRICS and African economies.
  • Turning promises into action! Turning hopes into actions! Discussion on proposed solutions and framing resolutions towards moving the BRICS needle on gender equality by 2030.
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