Unpacking Democracy: Why Gender Equality Matters



Unpacking Democracy: Why Gender Equality Matters

International IDEA
Tuesday, May 23, 2023 - 16:00 to 17:30

International IDEA HQ and Webex

This event contributes and sustains the efforts to sustain gender equality on the global agenda for democracy.  Join us for a panel discussion with the Summit for Democracy’s Gender Equality Cohort. The Gender Cohort will provide insights into the Cohort’s work by presenting the knowledge-based recommendations prepared for the 2023 Summit for Democracy.  The panel will highlight the importance and good practices for advancing gender equality as a prerequisite for democracy in the post-Summit context.

Gender equality is an integral part of thriving democracies, but few consider it as a prerequisite for democracy. At the same time, democracy is being undermined by the same forces that are pushing back on women’s rights, participation, and representation in public life. 

Welcome Remarks

  • Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA


  • Rumbidzai Kandawasvika-Nhundu, Senior Advisor, Democracy and Inclusion, International IDEA


  • Sofia Calltorp, Ambassador for Gender Equality, Sweden
  • Gianina Dimitrescu, Director, Directorate for Equal Opportunities and Treatment Between Women and Men, National Agency for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, Romania
  • Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS)
  • Tatyana Teplova, Head of Division and Senior Counsellor for Gender Equality, Justice and Inclusiveness, Directorate for Public Governance, OECD

For in-person participation, register here.

For online participation, register here.

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA)