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Global Compact Network organises 4th Gender Equality Summit

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Global Compact Network organises 4th Gender Equality Summit

United Nations Global Compact Network India (UNGC-NI), is hosting the 4th edition of Gender Equality Summit (GES), virtually, on March 9-10, 2021. The Theme of this 4th Gender Equality Summit is ‘Covid and New Gender Equations: Adversity to Opportunity’ aligned with the theme of International Women Day-2021 ‘Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID 19 world’.

Carrying forward the momentum built on three previous Gender Equality Summits held in 2018, 2019 and 2020, UNGCNI’s 4th Gender Equality Summit 2021 will focus on collective responsibility and exploring the pathways towards gender inclusive outcomes in the society, especially the workforce. A galaxy of eminent speakers comprising MDs, CEOs and Heads from the PSUs, Corporates, Academia, Civil Society Organizations, UN Agencies and Leaders from the diverse sectors will share their insights and best practices on why gender equality is essential and how women leadership can impact the world. Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, Union Cabinet Minister, Ministry of Women & Child Development and Ministry of Textile, Government of India will deliver the Inaugural Address at the Summit. 

 Unique Feature of GES-2021

  • High level panel on women in leadership: working for an equal future.
  • Reconfiguring gender solutions for economic and social empowerment.
  • Reimaging digital solutions to meet gendered needs.
  • Release of Thought Paper by Deloitte on COVID & new gender equations: Respond, Recover and Thrive.

 Event Details:

Date: 9th  & 10th  March 2021

Time: 10:00 am onward (IST)

Venue: Virtual (Platform Airmeet)

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 Over 2000 delegates from Government , UN agencies and its systems, Business leaders, Civil Society organisations and representatives from Academia, from India and around the world, are likely to attend the Summit.

 “Empowering women is the basic principle of Gender Equality; and corporate sector can play a crucial role in strengthening women leadership. We must increasingly debate about what specifics we can do to break down the gender barriers by respecting and supporting women’s  representation and leadership across the sectors and businesses at all levels” – Shashi Shanker, President UNGCNI & Chairman, ONGC Group of Companies.

 “I look forward to women being at the heart of post pandemic restructuring of the global economy. As we target a sustainable, resilient and inclusive future, we must utilize the abundant opportunities available to ensure that women play an enhanced role in this development journey. It is the collective responsibility of policymakers, businesses and civil society to create a level playing field and foster an environment where women can explore new frontiers and actualize their immense talent and potential”- Vaishali Nigam Sinha Chair, GES 2021, Chief Sustainability Officer, ReNew Power and Founding Chair, ReNew Foundation.

 “As we embark on a global reset, it is time to challenge and call out gender bias and stereotypes. We need a world that goes beyond the gender binary and strives for equal rights and representation in all spheres. Adopting Target Gender Equality will facilitate and accelerate empowerment of different genders and their participation in the corporate space. There is a business case for gender diversity and effective leadership will help us build back better. We now need Collective Action for the creation of an inclusive world” – Shabnam Siddiqui, Executive Director, Global Compact Network India.


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