This talk will focus on various manifestations of gender inequality and how these translate into social and economic costs. Key forms of inequality discussed will include intimate partner violence, early and forced marriage, discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and access to justice.
Speaker Biography - Jennifer McCleary-Sills, PhD., MPH
Jennifer McCleary-Sills, PhD., MPH
Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Dr. Jennifer McCleary-Sills is the Director of the Global Program on Gender Violence and Rights at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), where she leads research on the gendered dimensions of violence and deprivations of rights. Her own research contributes to the evidence base about the social causes and consequences of violence and what works to prevent it. Jennifer has 15 years of experience as an international development professional and researcher Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. Prior to joining ICRW in 20015, she was the Senior Gender-Based Violence & Development Specialist at the World Bank Group, where she co-authored the flagship publication "Voice & Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity". She was also the Bank’s lead on the multi-sectoral Violence Against Women and Girls Resource Guide. From 2009-2013, she was a researcher at ICRW, where she designed and conducted research on GBV, SRH, demobilization, disarmament and reintegration (DDR) programs, and provided technical assistance on gender mainstreaming to international financial institutions. She has authored dozens of peer-reviewed articles and institutional publications on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
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