GIS - 24 February, 2020: A talk on Gender and Inequality, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG 5), organised by the University of Mauritius, and the Regional Multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence, was held on 20 February at the R. Burrenchobay Hall at the University of Mauritius, Réduit. Students and faculty of the University, senior civil servants from several ministries and development partners in Mauritius namely the European Union, World Bank, Agence Française de Développement, Trade and Development Bank and Asian Development Bank were present.
The talk was delivered by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) officials, namely Ms Stephania Fabrizio and Mr Daniel Gurara, who made a presentation in two parts. The first part reviewed the IMF work on gender and inequality and the other focused on Sustainable Development Goals on women in the labor force and the role of fiscal policies.
It will be recalled that in support of the 2030 Development agenda, the IMF committed to among others, deepen analytical and policy work on inclusion; operationalise it at country level with a macro-critical approach for inequality at country level. Besides, pilot initiatives to explore how best to add value for the membership and capacity building are part of the IMF agenda on gender and inequality.
The presentations also dwelt on the impact of gender-responsive fiscal policies in advanced economies and low-income countries; and the methodology devised to address such issues on gender and inequality as well as in tackling gender-biased social norms.
A panel discussion comprised of representatives from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family Welfare, the IMF, and representatives of the media were also held after the presentations to brainstorm on the current situation regarding gender and inequality in Mauritius.
Stefania Fabrizio is Deputy Unit Chief in the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department of the IMF dealing with development issues related to gender, inequality and the Sustainable Development Goal. She is also the Chair of the IMF gender advisory group and member of IMF inequality advisory group.
Daniel Gurara is an Economist at the International Monetary Fund. His areas of research include issues in infrastructure, taxation, and applied macro and microeconomics. Previously, he was a Principal Research Economist at the African Development Bank and, prior to that, an Assistant Professor of Economics at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia.
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