Parliamentary roundtable: Women’s empowerment & the role of the private sector in development & responsible business

The All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group (PHRG), in conjunction with CORE (UK civil society coalition on corporate accountability) & the Gender and Development Network's Working Group on Women’s Economic Justice, organised a parliamentary roundtable on women's empowerment and the role of the private sector in development and responsible business. The event took place on 17 October, 2016.

Speakers included:

  • Laura Kelly, Head of Business Engagement, Private Sector Dept, Department for International Development;
  • Kathryn Dovey, National Contact Point Coordination, OECD;
  • Luz Angela Urina, Provincial, La Guajira, Colombia;
  • Annelen Micus, Legal Advisor, CCAJAR, Colombia;

The roundtable was chaired by Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, PHRG Officer.

In its 2014 International Development (Gender Equality) Act, the UK Government made an explicit commitment to ensure that development assistance contributes to reducing poverty in a way which also contributes to improving gender equality.

The meeting discussed how to ensure the increasing role of the private sector in development benefits women, particularly to further gender equality, advance their rights, and assist them to build more accountable and responsive institutions at all levels.