Each spring, thousands of government officials, journalists, civil society organizations, and participants from the academia and private sectors, gather in Washington DC for the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.

At the heart of the gathering are meetings of the IMF’s International Monetary and Financial Committee and the joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee, which discuss progress on the work of the IMF and the World Bank Group. Also featured are seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets.

This year’s Spring Meetings events will take place in Washington, DC, April 12-17, 2016. The plenary session of the IMF and World Bank Group’s Boards of Governors is scheduled only during the Annual Meetings in autumn. In addition, Lilian O. Ajayi – Founder and Executive Director of GC4W joins the list of distinguished speakers at the upcoming 2016 Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group in Washington, DC.

Panel: The Human Rights Status of Women and Girls in Africa and the Rest of the World.

This panel is a discussion on post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda and its impact on the human rights of Women and Girls in order to achieve Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls.

In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights brought human rights into the realm of international law. Since then, the Organization has diligently protected human rights through legal instruments and on-the-ground activities. The term “human rights” was mentioned seven times in the UN’s founding Charter, making the promotion and protection of human rights one of the key purpose and guiding principles of the Sustainable Development Goals. If we are to create a world where all women and girls can fully exercise their freedom to choose their religion, exercise the rights to an education, where women earn equal wages compared to their male counterpart – and a time women and girls are free from violence. We must turn our focus to the human rights status of women and girls in Africa and the Rest of World.

The goal is to provide a live platform that will encourage discussions on sustainable solutions to existing human rights challenges and facilitate knowledge sharing to the remaining threats of the rights of Women and Girls.

Sponsors: Naija Worldwide Charities (NWC), Global Women Africa Network (GLOW) and Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W)

Guest Speakers:

  • Leslie E. Vélez, Senior Protection Officer THE UN Refugee Agency
  • Dr. Vincenzo Bollettino, Executive Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Lilian O. Ajayi, Founder & Executive Director of Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W)
  • Jacqueline Bhabha, Director, University Committee on Human Rights Studies & Director of Research, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights

Learn more and register to attend on https://www.imf.org/external/spring/2016/index.htm.