12:00 Welcoming Words
Edith Ruguru Mwenda, Senior Counsel, World Bank
12:05 Panel Discussion - What Would Happen if we Truly Trusted Women?
Susan M. Blaustein, Founder and Director, WomenStrong International
Mary Balikungeri, Founder and Director, Rwanda's Women Network
June Omune, Project Coordinator, Action Foundation
Monica Jasis, Founder and Director, Centro Mujeres
12:45 Q&A Session
Moderator: Susan M. Blaustein, Founder and Director, WomenStrong International
Legal Vice Presidency
Edith Ruguru Mwenda is a Senior Counsel at the World Bank, she joined the World Bank in 2001 and has worked as an operational lawyer in Africa and in the Caribbean. She has been for many years the Gender Advisor for the Legal Department and the Gender Group at the World Bank and has a passion for Gender Based Violence related issues, including GBV and development, codes of conduct to prevent GBV as well as the operationalization of GBV issues in World Bank operations.
Edith holds a LMB from the university of Nairobi, a LMM in Banking and finance from the University of London (Queen Mary College) and a LMM in International Environmental Law from the George Washington University. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
Founder & Director
Dr. Susan M. Blaustein is Founder/Director of WomenStrong International, a global NGO that finds, funds, nurtures, and shares women-driven solutions that will transform lives in urban communities. Prior to establishing WomenStrong, Dr. Blaustein was the Co-Founder/Director of The Millennium Cities Initiative, a 12-year project of Columbia University’s Earth Institute advancing sustainable urban development across the sub-Saharan region. Now teaching at The Earth Institute, Dr. Blaustein earned her doctorate at Yale University, has been a Guggenheim Fellow, a Harvard Junior Fellow in The Society of Fellows at Harvard University, and the recipient of multiple awards.
Founder & Director, Rwanda Women's Network
Mary Balikungeri is the Founder and Director of Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) dedicated to promoting a healthy, empowered, and peaceful Rwandan society all through the promotion and improvement of the socio-economic welfare of women in Rwanda through enhancing their efforts to meet their basic needs. Prior to this, Mary worked in Geneva for the UN with UNV, Economic Commission for Europe, WHO and later joined the World Council of Churches as the Liaison officer in the Program to Combat Racism (PCR), with a special focus then to South Africa and the Front Line States towards the release of Nelson Mandela. Linking Church Groups and Anti Apartheid Movements was the major focus.
Founder & Director, Centro Mujeres
Dr. Monica Jasis is a physician graduated from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico) with a Master in Public Health from San Diego State University (Mate rnal andChild Health) and a Ph(D) in Psychological Research from Universidad Iberoamericana(Mexico). She also holds a Post doc in Reproductive Health Policy Research by U.C. SanFrancisco (Institute for Health Policy Studies) and is a graduate from the Center for theStudies of Human Rights at Columbia University. Dr. Jasis is co-founder and co-directorof Centro Mujeres, the only non-governmental organization in the state of Baja CaliforniaSur working for sexual and reproductive health and rights for women, adolescents, youth and migrant populations. Prior to founding Centro Mujeres, Dr. Jasis was the Director of Preventive Medicine at La Paz General Hospital in Baja California Sur. She also worked in the non-profit worldsince 1988, in community health, pioneering organizations in the U.S.-Mexico border.
Project Coordinator, The Action Foundation
June holds a Post Graduate Diploma and a Bachelor'sdegree in Law and is a member of the Project Management Institute. Having worked in diverse roles as an experienced education administrator, projects manager, mentor, and knowledge manager, her areas of expertise are project planning, social justice, strategic planning, human rights, community development, and training. June enjoys working in innovative environments which maximize her intellectual curiosity, intuitive thinking, and imagination. Her work ethic is driven by the values of humanity, empathy, and compassion. At The Action Foundation, her role is to coordinate the projects team and lead organization learning and impact management
Event Type: Webinar
Date: Thursday December 8, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 13.00 AM EST
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