Dr. Hansa Mehta Memorial Dialogue brings perspectives of women leaders across the sectors on key global issues, especially those pertaining to gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. The 2022 edition will feature a keynote speech by H.E Dr.Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organisation
The 2022 dialogue will feature a keynote speech by H.E Dr.Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director General of the World Trade Organisation, which would be followed by an interactive conversation moderated by H.E Ambassador Ms. Inga Rhonda King , Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the UN. H.E Mr. Abdulla Shahid , President of the General Assembly open the dialogue with his address.
Dr. Hansa Mehta Memorial Dialogue intends to raise awareness among the global community that gender equality, the empowerment of women and human rights of women and girls must be a central priority. It will strive to firmly establish that gender equality and the realization of women's and girls' human rights are fundamental for achieving human rights, peace and security, and sustainable development.
While every community has been impacted by the global pandemic and is facing unprecedented challenges, women are bearing an unequal share of the negative economic and social fallout of COVID-19. Statistics indicate that women and girls will constitute more than 50% of the population, which is being pushed into extreme poverty by the pandemic. Women will also bear a disproportionate brunt of job losses as many of sectors of the economy that have been hit hard by COVID-19, such as food service, retail and entertainment, employ more women than men. The above developments threaten to reverse the gains made in the past decades in the realm of economic empowerment of women and gender-inclusive economic growth.