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Virtual Unconference: Equality and Why It´s Integral to Sustainability

17th September 2020, 17:00 - 19:45

Join us to understand why equality is intrinsic to achieving sustainability and what steps we must take!

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Gender equality is not just the concern of half the world’s population; it is a human right that is critical for the future of the planet. Women’s rights must be fully integrated into efforts to promote sustainable development and fight climate change.” Mary Robinson, Mary Robinson Foundation for Climate Justice

Equality is intrinsic to achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Tellingly, equality is not only the subject of one but of two SDGs:

SDG 5 – Gender Equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

SDG 10 – Reduce inequalities: Reduce inequalities within and among countries.

Even though there are some positive signs of reduced inequality, such as income equality in some countries and preferential trade status benefiting lower-income countries, inequality still persists in all forms. Unfortunately, the current pandemic is an exacerbating factor for inequalities and is hitting the most vulnerable people and countries the hardest.

Join us for this Unconference to understand more about this sustainability issue and to discuss the role of (gender) equality in sustainable development. We will talk about questions, such as:

– What is the connection between equality and the economy? What are the economical benefits of (gender) equality?

– Why is gender equality needed for sustainability? Why is equality an integral part of sustainable development?

– What are the links between climate change and equality?

We will hear two short inputs by experts in this field, after which you will have plenty of time to discuss this topic in groups and sub-topics of your choice!


17:00 – 17:15 Welcome to Unconference / What is an Unconference?

17:15 – 17:30 Speed-Dating

17:30 – 17:40 Short input by Aysha van de Paer – Gender Equality activist

17:40 – 17:55 Exchange of ideas – groups of 2 x 3 times

17.55 – 18:10 Define breakout topics, short break

18:20 – 18:50 Breakout 1 – Discuss most popular Unconference topics

18:55 – 19:05 Short input by Jan Reynders – Gender Justice and Sustainable Development consultant and activist

19:05 – 19:35 Breakout 2 – Discuss more popular Unconference topics

19:35 – 19:45 Wrap up, Q&A and feedback

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