Each of the proposed thematic sessions would consider cross-cutting issues such as governance and institutions, and gender considerations. They will also discuss innovations in methods and approaches towards assessing the impacts of policy reform and addressing knowledge gaps in achieving inclusive development. The thematic issues mentioned will be subsequently defined by specific sub-themes and key questions to be addressed. They will be deliberated upon in parallel sessions featuring a set of papers selected through a competitive call for papers with particular emphasis on young researchers from the Global South.
What are some policies and approaches that have been effective in overcoming the key barriers and challenges to achieving gender equality, women’s empowerment, and other sustainable development goals?
How have the intersections between gender equality and women’s empowerment been harnessed to promote overall human development outcomes?
What are the successful strategies and initiatives that have been implemented to address gender-based violence and discrimination, and promote a safe and inclusive society for all?
How best can women’s economic empowerment be harnessed to advance structural barriers to gender equality and bring about gender transformation?
How can women’s political participation and leadership opportunities be expanded to maximize impacts on human development?
Note: The questions given above are indicative only. Potential paper writers are welcome to contribute on additional relevant sub-themes as well.