1:00—2:00 PM Eastern US Time Center for Global Development Office

Building Economies That Work for Women: Opportunities Through the 2023 G7, G20, and APEC Summits


  • Stephanie Copus Campbell, Australian Ambassador for Gender Equality 

  • Samantha Hung, Chief of Gender Equality Thematic Group, Asian Development Bank  

  • Ratna Sahay, Special Advisor to the Managing Director, International Monetary Fund  

  • Rachel Vogelstein, Special Assistant to the President, Gender Policy Council; US National Security Council Special Advisor on Gender 


  • Megan O’Donnell, Co-Director for Gender Equality and Inclusion Research Program, Center for Global Development 

Under the current leadership of the G7 (Japan), G20 (India), and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (United States), women’s economic empowerment is a common theme. For the agenda to move forward, rethinking how to foster policies and systems that allow women to work, care, and take full and equal advantage of economic opportunities will be critical.   

Since the pandemic, global attention has been focused on navigating economic recovery, food security, and debt crises, as well as climate change challenges – but with limited action targeting women as those most severely affected by these compounding crises. Going forward, evidence points to the need to address how women’s unpaid care responsibilities and other social norms affect their access to trade and markets, skilled jobs, and digital technologies.  

Join us for a lively discussion and networking opportunity that will bring together senior gender representatives from the Asian Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Australian Government, and the US National Security Council to discuss:  

  • How jobs policies can be strengthened to support women to enter non-traditional sectors, including growth areas such as digital or green jobs 

  • Policies and approaches to strengthen the care sector, both in terms of creating better employment opportunities for women and expanding support to enable women to enter and advance within the labor market 

  • How global forums, such as the G7, G20 and APEC, can advance women’s economic empowerment  

This event will be held at the Center for Global Development office in Washington, DC (2055 L Street, NW). A reception will follow the event.

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