Peer Learning Conference on Gender Equality

Kigali, Rwanda

November 2-4, 2017


The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (MIGEPROF), UN Women and Uogonzi Institute will convene a peer learning event in Rwanda, a country that has emerged as a leader in advancing gender equality and is ranked among the top performing countries with regard to women’s economic and political representation globally. With gender equality mainstreamed politically, institutionally, legally and into the budgetary process, hosting the event in Rwanda provides the opportunity for other low-income countries to get exposure to best practices, inspiration for own programs, and build connections for future collaboration.

This workshop aims at (i) spreading best-practices in promoting gender equality beyond the dissemination of theoretical approaches; (ii) being a forum for policy makers, gender advocates and civil society to exchange information on and approaches to successful initiatives designed to close gender gaps; (iii) building a network for peer-learning within sub-Saharan Africa and therefore creating the foundation for collaboration going forward.

Content and Structure

The event will aim to facilitate peer-learning to highlight best-practices in the following areas:

  • National gender strategies—experiences in developing strategies in terms of content, scope, degree of ambition, and generating buy-in.
  • Public service delivery—focusing on the role of the state in translating the big picture gender targets into concrete programs capable of delivering those objectives, including mainstreaming via gender budgeting.
  • Data collection and dissemination—highlighting key data constraints to gender analysis and showcasing useful formats and platforms across countries, and discussing the role of NGOs in collecting and disseminating information.
  • Creating a supportive environment—pointing to key initiatives to provide equality in opportunities, including through legal and fiscal reforms, equality in access to finance, and ICT-based solutions to advance gender equality


November 2

The Vision

8:30 - 9:15 am

Registration, coffee

9:15 - 9:50 am



Session 1: Opening Remarks

  • Mme. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF (video)
  • Mr. Abebe Aemro Selassie, Director of IMF African Department
  • Ms. Izeduwa Derex-Briggs, UN Women, Director for East and Southern Africa
  • Minister Nyirasafari Espérance, Minister of Gender and Family Promotion

Moderator: Novella Nikwigize, UN Women

9:50 - 10:00 am


10:00 - 11:45 am

10:00 - 10:15 am



10:15 - 10:30 am



10:30 - 10:45 am




10:45 - 11:45 am

Session 2: Gender Strategies

  • Overview of National Gender and Women’s Empowerment Policy — Ms. Nadine Umutoni, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion (Presentation)

  • Role of Partners and Key Interventions — Ms. Fatou Lo, UN Women Rwanda (Watch video | Presentation)

  • Forming a New Gender Strategy and Ways Forward — Ms. Sani Nafissa Seyni, Director of Statistics, Ministry of Women Promotion and Child Protection, Niger (Presentation)

  • Liberia’s Gender Strategy — Hon. Sieane Abdul-Baki, Acting Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection. (Presentation)

  • Discussion

Moderator: Allen Cyizanye, Executive Secretary, Gender Monitoring Office.

12:00 - 2:00 pm

Field trip: Parliament: Committee of Political Affairs and Gender, and FFRP

2:00 - 3:00 pm


3:00 - 5:30 pm

Field trips: Break-out sessions


C and H garments 

Gahaya Link 



MIGEPROF/UNWOMEN Welcome Cocktail (Ubumwe hotel)

November 3

Delivering the Vision

9:00 - 10:45 am

9:00 - 9:15 am


9:15 - 9:30 am


9:30 - 9:45 am





Session 1: Gender Budgeting and delivery of public services

  • Gender Responsive Budgeting Ms. Rehemah Namutebi, Head of National Budget, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda (Presentation)
  • Best Practices to Gender Budgeting — Ms. Katherine Gifford, UN Women
  • Gender Budgeting in a PFM Context — Ms. Catharina Schmitz, NIRAS indevelop (Presentation)
  • Gender Budgeting in Zambia — Ms. Engawase Mwale, Non- Governmental Organizations Co-ordinating Council (Presentation)

  • Discussion

Moderator: Mary Rusimbi,  Uongozi Institute Tanzania

10:45 - 11:15 am

Coffee Break

11:15 - 01:00 pm

11:15 - 11:30 am



11:30 - 11:45 am


11:45 - 12:00 pm


12:00 - 12:15 pm





Session 2:  Women in the Private Sector

  • Women and financial performance — Ms. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Vice Governor, National Bank of Rwanda (also a brief presentation on New Faces New Voices Initiative) (Presentation)
  • Leveraging Data on Financial Access— Ms. Stephanie Oula, Data2X, Women’s Financial Inclusion Data Partnership (Presentation)
  • Gender in the informal economy — Mehjabeen Alarakhia, UN Women, Tanzania (Presentation)
  • Women’s Entrepreneurship Development and Economic Empowerment— Mr. Jealous Chirove, Director, International Labor Organization, Tanzania

  • Discussion

Moderator: Mireille Karera, CEO, KORA Coaching Group,

1:00 - 2:30 pm

Lunch:  Leveraging Information Technology

  • Documentary film by the three Ms. Geeks and the innovation process

2:30 - 5:00 pm

Field trip, break-out sessions


Isange One Stop Centre


PROFEMME Centre of Excellence


IPRC Kicukiro – Girls Leaders Forum

November 4

Assessing progress, Creating Momentum, and...Moving Forward

09:00 - 11:00 pm

Session 1: Innovation Lab

Mr. Tristan Walker, Chief, IMF Innovation Lab


Innovation groups working on two topics


Group 1—Strengthening the technical network on gender equality: Groups will be asked to come up with the design of a knowledge sharing platform that would ensure dissemination of best practices, such as during this peer learning workshop, to wider audiences, and connect gender equality practitioners regionally and/or globally.


Group 2—Information that will make a real difference? Groups would come up with a set of key pieces of information and sets of players to help provide and disseminate it. They will be asked to think through a platform through which these key indicators and information on gender inequality could be disseminated, and decide on a format thought which information would be made available.

11:00-12:00 pm

“Face the Gorillas” (=Shark Tank)

5-minute pitches by working groups, followed by feedback from “the Jury”

12:15- 1:00 pm

Closing Session: Wrap Up

  • Ms. Kalpana Kochhar, Director, IMF Human Resources Department
  • Amb. Claver Gatete, Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda


Moderator: David Robinson, Deputy Director, African Department, IMF

2:30-4:30 pm

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