Panel discussion on enhancing women´s access to education, science and technology for economic growth and development
08 March 2011
10:00 -13:00 hrs., Room XXV, Palais des Nations

Key Issues

International Women´s Day 2011International Women´s Day 2011: Equal access to education, training and science and technology - Pathway to decent work for women

To celebrate the 100 years of International Women´s Day, UNCTAD has organized a panel discussion, which will focus on two facets of the overall debate on women, science and technology.

  1. The role that enhanced access to education, science and technology for women and girls plays on the economic growth of developing countries, especially the Least Developed Countries.

  2. The policy mechanisms that need to be put in place to make it happen.

Speakers and participants will be invited to share their thoughts, experiences and best practices in this field.


Opening remarks:

  • Mr. Petko Draganov, Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD


  • Ms. Sandrine Salerno, Mayor of Geneva
  • Ms. Beth Hogan, Senior Development Counselor, USAID
  • Ms. Alethea Lodge-Clarke, Public-Private Partnerships Manager, Microsoft
  • Ms. Henriette Kolb, CEO, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women


  • Ms. Bisila Bokoko, Executive Director of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce and founder of the African Literacy Project Foundation


This event is open to the public but, as space is limited, early sign-up is recommended.

If you would like to attend this event, you must complete the Request for Participation Form and submit it to

Upon acceptance of your request, a conference registration form will be sent to you.


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