Reviving economic opportunities for women affected by conflict, displacement & Covid-19

This event, hosted by UK think tank ODI explores how the humanitarian sector & wider donor community can more effectively support women’s economic inclusion.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of women globally. Women affected by crisis and displacement have been hit by a ‘triple disadvantage’ of Covid-19, displacement and gender discrimination. Yet significant gaps remain in both policy and funding for the economic empowerment of women affected by crisis and displacement.

This event will bring together experts and policy makers to identify the critical steps needed to ensure that policy and finance responds to the needs and priorities emerging from the pandemic. We will hear from policy experts and practitioners, and explore evidence from a new report by the IRC and ODI on the impacts of Covid-19 on the economic empowerment of women affected by conflict and displacement. The event will include perspectives from the IRC/Citi partnership programme, Resilient Futures, in Greece, Jordan and Nigeria who informed this research.

The discussion will explore how the humanitarian sector and wider donor community can more effectively support women’s economic inclusion in crisis and humanitarian settings and will also ask how the UK and German governments can use the momentum of the G7 presidency to push forward this agenda.


Chair: Minouche Shafik – Director, London School of Economics and Political Science  

Opening remarks: Nour Jarrar – CCO of Citi Jordan 

Sarra Ghazi – IRC Country Director of Jordan 

Joyce Osiango – Entrepreneur 

Abigail Hunt – Research Fellow, ODI 

Closing remarks: David Miliband – IRC president and CEO

Pippa Bird – Head of Development in Jordan, FCDO
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