Panel Discussion – International Women’s Day 2018

Rural Women at Work: Bridging the gaps

The event will focus on the significant contributions of rural women at work across the globe, including indigenous women, and highlight actions needed to achieve greater gender equality and empowerment. The interactive panel discussion will serve as a platform for collective reflection addressing challenges and opportunities in supporting the role of rural women as agents of change.

Date: Thursday, 8 March 2018
Venue: Room II (R3-South)
Time: 11:00 – 12:30


Welcome and introduction by Ms Shauna Olney, Chief, ILO Gender, Equality and Diversity and ILO/AIDS Branch


Interactive panel discussion, including audience participation, moderated by Ms Claire Doole, former Geneva BBC Correspondent, Switzerland

Panel members:

  • Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General;
  • His Excellency Mr Deepak Dhital, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Nepal to the United Nations Office and International Organizations in Geneva;
  • Mr Tarek Tawfik, Vice-Chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Industries;
  • Ms Anja Westberg, President of the Agriculture Workers’ Group of the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations;
  • Ms Fidelia Graand-Galon, Honorary Chair of the Maroon Women’s Network, Suriname.


Closing remarks, Mr Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General 

For more information see: Rural Women at Work