Gender Data: a Secure Investment for Accelerated Progress


Virtual Pre-International Women’s Day Pan-African & Arab States Roundtable Event

Media representatives are invited to an important virtual pan-African event to mark International Women’s Day 2024. Celebrated annually on 8 March, this year’s International Women’s Day theme, Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress recognizes the importance of investing in women through diverse approaches to accelerate social and economic progress and sustainable development for all.

The virtual pre-IWD2024 event will bring together seasoned media practitioners, public sector and civil society actors, and development practitioners from African and Arab States in a riveting roundtable on investing in women through gender data to accelerate progress.

The moderated roundtable will explore opportunities and successes in: (a) Investing in gender data as a vehicle for progress for all; (b) Prioritizing gender-responsive budgeting for gender equality and women’s empowerment; and (c) Shifting to a care society for sustainable development and economic growth.

When: Wednesday, 6 March 2023, 11am to 1:30pm (East Africa Time)

Where: Online via zoom (click to register or scan QR code below)

Moderator: Presidential debate host & fêted journalist Yvonne Okwaro


  1. UN Women Special Representative & Head of Liaison to the African Union Commission (AUC), and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Ms. Antonia Ngabala-Sodonon
  2. African Development Bank (AfDB) Chief Gender Officer, Nigeria Moreno Ruiz Maria Jose (TBC)
  3. UN Economic Commission for Africa African Centre for Statistics Demographic and Social Statistics Expert Pamela Nabukhonzo
  4. Morocco Ministry of Finance Center of Excellence for Gender-Responsive Budgeting - Head of Gender-Responsive Budgeting Mr. Ben-Nasar Boularbah and Head of Knowledge Management Service Ms. Imane Lakchiri
  5. Uganda Ministry of Finance Head of Budget Monitoring and Accountability Ms. Margaret Kakande
  6. Liberia Assistant Minister for Budget designate, Ministry of Finance and Development Planning Sarah Mulbah
  7. Senegal Ministry of Gender Head of Gender Statistics and Studies Office at the Gender Equity and Equality Department Ms. Sadio Kanouté.
  8. Cameroon Women Count Lead formerly National Institute of Statistics (INS) Sedric Tiobo'o
  9. Zanzibar, Tanzania Ministry of Finance Planning Commission (TBC)
  10. Kenya, Ministry of Gender, Culture, the Arts and Heritage (TBC)
  11. Rwanda Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion or Gender Monitoring Office (TBC)

Agenda - Gender Statistics pre-IWD2024 Roundtable Event

Speaker Bios Profiles - Gender Statistics IWD2024 Roundtable Event

For media enquiries, please contact:

UN Women

Ms. Lilian Muendo

Communications Specialist, East and Southern Africa

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Ms. Sylvia Maina

Gender Statistics Communications Specialist, East and Southern Africa

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Ms. Rokhaya Diongue Ngom,

Gender Statistics Communications Specialist, West and Central Africa

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Ms. Montira  Narkvichien

Communications Specialist, Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS)

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African Development Bank (AfDB)

Ms. Desiree Bataba

Communications Lead

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UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

Mercy Wambui

Chief, Communications and Media Relations Section

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