Whether it’s ending poverty, protecting the planet or ensuring that all people enjoy peace and prosperity, it is clear that women need to be at the center of the development agenda. Simply put, countries only escape poverty and conflict when women and girls are healthy, educated, and economically and politically empowered. It turns out that progress for women brings progress for all.
In this podcast, I speak to Katja Iversen about SDG #5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Katja is the President and CEO of Women Deliver, a leading global organization advocating for investment in the health, rights and well-being of girls and women, with a specific focus on maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Listen to our lively discussion about the progress that has been made in achieving gender equality and some of the challenges women worldwide continue to face. What will it take to ensure that women are empowered to fulfill their potential as equal members of all aspects of society? You will want to hear what Katja has to say.
This conversation is the fourth in a series of candid discussions I’m having with cutting-edge thinkers in international development. You can hear the series on SoundCloud or iTunes.