Wednesday, February 28

Facebook Live Session. Transforming ourselves to transform others: Cultural challenges to advance gender equality in the workplace

Are boys educated to be boys and girls educated to be girls? Gender roles are socially assigned from early childhood and gender stereotypes emerge at very early ages. How humans make decisions and behave is determined by social constructs, past experiences, social conventions and cognitive biases. Transforming the DNA of organizations and creating cultural change to achieve gender equality requires overcoming visible and invisible barriers, as well as positive action.

Leyla Acaroglu
, UNEP Champion of the Earth, Designer, Sociologist, Sustainability Provocateur, TED Speaker, PhD, Experimental Educator, founder @unschools and @disruptdesignNY

Panel 3. Gender equality in 2030: Transformations and opportunities for the business world

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals to have an equitable business world and a labour market free of sex-based discrimination by 2030 demands transformations and engagement from all. What must governments, the business sector and trade unions do to make this dream a reality

  • Claudia Pascual Grau, Minister of Gender Affairs and Gender Equity, Republic of Chile
  • Rakesh Patry, Director General for Employment and Social Development, Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, Canada
  • Fernanda Calvillo, Global Manager of Diversity and Inclusion, Bimbo Group
  • Verónica Montufar, Global Manager, Gender Equality, Public Services International (PSI)
  • Hans Eben, General Manager, Unilever Chile and Chairman, UN Global Compact Network Chile
  • Gideon Badagwa, Executive Director, Private Sector Federation (PSFU), Uganda

Moderator: Silvia Rucks, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System and UNDP Resident Representative, Chile

Deep dive session 5. Diversity management: An organizational paradigm for gender equality?

Diversity management is not only about recognizing different backgrounds, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, social conditions, or ages of employees, but also about creating a work environment where the similarities and differences are valued to foster talent and give equal opportunities to all. This discussion revolves around one key question: Is gender diversity management leading to real transformation towards the achievement of gender equality between women and men in the business world?


The Mix That Matters: Innovation Through Diversity
Research conducted by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the Technical University of Münich
Juliana Abreu, Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group (BCG)

Discussion Panel

  • Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency, Australia
  • Shuchi Sharma, Global Head of Gender Intelligence, Global Diversity and Inclusion Office, SAP
  • Silvia Chaves, Vice President, Florex, Costa Rica
  • Marcelo Vásquez L., Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Sodexo, Latin America Region

Moderator: Renata Franco, Manager, Talent Management & Diversity and Inclusion, PwC, Brazil

Deep dive session 6. Trade unions: Key actors for gender equality

Building effective partnerships is critical to bridging gender gaps in the workplace. This panel highlights the role of trade unions as gender equality agents and focuses on how we can build an inclusive approach where the views and contributions of employees contribute to cultural change and the transformation of corporate DNA to advance gender equality.PresentationLaura Echeverría Correa, Director, National Service for Women and Gender Equity (SERNAMEG), Republic of Chile

Discussion panel

  • John Craig, Senior Legal Adviser, Canadian Employers’ Council (CEC)
  • Rosalba Gómez Vásquez, Member of the Women Committee, Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (CSA)
  • César Bernal, Board Member, Trade Union of Cargo Transport and Allied Branches (SUTCRA), Uruguay
  • Rodrigo Zúñiga, President, Trade Union ESSBIO, Chile

Moderator: Carmen Benitez, Specialist, Bureau for Workers’ Activities (ACTRAV), ILO

Deep dive session 9. Innovation, big data and people analytics to advance gender equality

Innovation and big data are key for policy development, yet they are insufficiently developed to promote women’s economic empowerment. This session addresses the intersections between innovation, technology, big data and people analytics as key drivers not only for revealing gender gaps, but also for decision-making to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace.

Discussion Panel

  • Steven Adler, Former IBM Chief Data Strategist, Chief Data Officer for the City of Medellin and pioneer for the Africa Open Data Movement
  • Peter Howes, Workforce Planning and Analytics, Success Factors
  • Vinita Paunikar, Vice President, Release Management in Engineering, Oracle Cloud
  • Emily Courey Pryor, Executive Director, Data2X, a United Nations Foundation initiative implemented with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Moderator: Diana Gutiérrez, Global Programme Manager, Gender Equality Seal for the Private Sector, UNDP