Asia-Europe Conference on Women’s Economic Empowerment

Jun 12 2017 Posted: 13:09 IST


 Dr. Nata Duvvury, PI for Component 3/Director of Global Women's Studies, spoke at the International Conference on Women’s Economic Empowerment held by Asia-Europe Meeting, an inter-governmental platform to promote dialogue between Asia and Europe ( ) in Vilinus, May 25-26, 2017. President of Lithuania hosted the 1st ASEM discussion on women’s economic empowerment in the context of the recommendations of the High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment and Goal number 5 of the SDGS on gender equality. Key speakers included Ministers from Lithuania, India, Japan, Pakistan Romania as well as heads of National Women’s Commissions from China, Vietanm, Malta, and Philippines.

Dr. Duvvury spoke in the Session on Economic Benefits of Gender Equality, highlighting the significant macro costs of violence against women. The key takeaway message was that women’s economic empowerment interventions must target reducing vulnerability to partner violence through incorporating gender transformative focused elements in order to reap economic benefits.