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Gender 360 Summit wraps 4th global summit

June 24, 2016

In partnership with a consortium of prestigious partner organizations, FHI 360 presented the fourth global Gender 360 Summit on Wednesday, June 15, and Thursday, June 16. Designated an official side event of the White House’s United State of Women Summit, the Gender 360 Summit hosted nearly 600 attendees. This year’s event focused on development issues affecting adolescents, girls and boys, engaging youth in achieving gender equality, and combating core obstacles such as gender-based violence. Many youth were present, both as participants and speakers, hailing from countries including Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pakistan, Nepal, South Sudan, Sri Lanka and the United States.

“While many conferences shed light on social injustices related to gender, we create a conceptual and physical space where practitioners, researchers and policymakers gain inspiration and identify the next actionable steps. They are able to strategize on combating inequities and learn how to truly transform gender norms,” said Andrea Bertone, Director of the Gender Department at FHI 360. “The ideas, tools, approaches and strategies exchanged in these two days will also be infused into our own work as we collectively empower women and girls — and engage men and boys — as agents of positive social change.”

The event featured a performance by Grammy award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo. Speakers included Maryce Ramsey, Senior Gender Advisor, FHI 360; Elise Young, Senior Advisor of Gender Mainstreaming and Thought Leadership, FHI 360; U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell; and Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff to the First Lady, Michelle Obama, as well as more than 50 other experts, many from the Global South.

Event content, news and daily recaps of the online conversation are available on the Digital Hub.