4:00—5:30 PM
Center for Global Development
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Beyond Getting Girls in School: Addressing Unfinished Business to Achieve Women’s Equality


  • Pamela Jakiela, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development


  • Christina Kwauk, Fellow, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution
  • Dana Schmidt, Senior Program Officer, Echidna Giving
  • Kehinde Ajayi, Economist at Africa Region Gender Innovation Lab, World Bank
  • Stephanie Psaki, Deputy Director of the GIRL Center, Population Council


  • Justin Sandefur, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development 


Over the past two decades tremendous progress has been made to improve girls’ access to schooling. Data on learning similarly shows that gender gaps are closing or largely closed. Yet education systems are still failing to meet one important objective: achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment in terms of adult life outcomes. Against the backdrop of improvements in schooling and learning, women still bear the brunt of inequalities in female income, political participation, exposure to gender-based violence and reproductive autonomy.

The panel will attempt to answer a key question: how can girls’ education improve adult life outcomes for women? This event will bring together experts to discuss gaps in the current evidence base on what works to improve gender equality and women’s empowerment, and identify future priorities for the girls’ education agenda.

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