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GWL Voices for Change and Inclusion founding member, Susana Malcorra, sat down with four university students to discuss their ideas on generating impact in relation to gender equality. The four students who responded to questions from Malcorra offered new ideas and a riveting discussion regarding how they believe gender equality can be achieved within the global policy sphere. 

In this forum, students currently studying in Europe, Asia, and Africa provided their feedback on what they believe are some of the most important mechanisms for promoting gender equality on a global scale. In the beginning of this segment, Malcorra emphasized that a gender agenda needs to be adjusted to incorporate young voices. During the beginning of the discussion, the former UN Under-Secretary General opened up the floor to ask why the panelists believed there has been a stalling of progressive action on gender equality and what can be done to counter it? 

Additionally, the panelists offered very insightful and thought-provoking ideas on how gender parity can be achieved. From the use of artificial intelligence to circumvent interview bias, to stopping parent shaming, to holding events with academic institutions and enterprises, the students offered meaningful ideas on how we can move forward with promoting gender equality. Additionally, the students added in that remote work has created an opportunity for many women to be safe from workplace harassment – an often-unspoken issue that entails more attention and policy. 

Moderator: 

  • Susana Malcorra: Dean of the IE School of Public and Global Affairs and former Foreign Minister of Argentina and GWL Voices founding member 

Panelists: 

  • Samantha Nyakundi: Student at the IE School of Global and Public Affairs; Intern at the African Middle Eastern Leadership Project 
  • Seo Yeong Kim: Student at the Kyung Hee University
  • Vuyiswa Mkhabela: Student at the University of Capetown; Research Fellow at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance 
  • Liu Xiaochen: Student at the Shanghai International Studies University
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