If questions like why women make up the majority of unpaid workers worldwide and why only one in five lawmakers globally are women leave you perplexed and—quite frankly—mad, tune and make your voice heard during the World Bank’s Open Forum, “Gender – Getting to Equal,” on Sept. 20th and 21st.
The two-day event begins on Tuesday, Sept. 20th, at 12 p.m. ET, with a 24-hour online global chat featuring discussions hosted by activists, entrepreneurs, and academics committed to realizing gender equality. The online chat will be capped off by a two-hour live debate of some of the most promising and provocative ideas for getting to a world where women and men are equal.
CNN International’s Hala Gorani will moderate the distinguished panel of debaters, which includes:
- Robert Zoellick, President, World Bank Group
- Maria Eitel, President, Nike Foundation
- Gayle Lemmon, Deputy Director, Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy program
- Bunker Roy, Founder, Barefoot College
- Nadia Al-Sakkaf, Editor in Chief, Yemen Times
- Laura Alonso, Congresswoman, Argentina
- Fernanda Borges, Leader, East Timor National Unity Party
- Dalia Ziada, Multi-award winning Egyptian blogger, author, and human rights activist
The debate is likely to touch upon many of the issues explored in depth in the World Bank’s upcoming 2012 World Development Report, which is dedicated to gender equality.
You can participate in three ways:
- Submit an idea about how to “get to equal.” The most popular ones will be discussed during the live debate.
- Speak up and chat in the online forum. Make sure your ideas, comments, and critiques are heard!
- Watch the debate. Listen to what some of the most influential gender activists and academics think of your ideas.
Sign up to get an alert about the forum here.