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Review Roundtable: Gender Equality

On February 16th 2016 a review roundtable on ‘Smart Ways to Improve Gender Equality’ brought together economists and sector experts to discuss preliminary findings of research, with the aim of getting inputs from sector experts as well as fellow economists in order to improve papers and their cost-benefits analysis.

The discussion was facilitated by Brad Wong, Chief Economist, Copenhagen Consensus Center and chaired by Prof. Abdul Bayes from Research and Evaluation Division, BRAC. After a brief presentation on project background and present status, the researchers presented their initial research finding on Effective and not-so-effective ways to address child marriage, Sexual and reproductive health rights. Overall, the initiative to find out smarter solution and design effective interventions was appreciated by the participating experts. 

From a Very interactive session, the most notable recommendation and suggestions came out regarding sexual and reproductive health rights, financial incentives to delay marriage and UCT to delay Marriage. Attendees emphasized ‘sexual & reproductive health rights’ as first and ‘financial incentives to delay marriage’ as second priority among three interventions. However, they stressed on the collaborative efforts from government, Private sector, NGOs (National and International) to implement the main features of sexual and reproductive health rights, financial incentives to delay marriage and UCT to delay Marriage.

Prominent Attendees 

Nasrin Jahan from Department of Women Affairs of Bangladesh Government, Lovely Yeasmin Jeba from CARE Bangladesh, Antara Ganguli from UN Women, Dr. Zahiul Islam from Embassy of Sweden, Dr. Anwara Begum from BIDS, Jay Tyler Malette from UNDP, Sitara Shamim from Ain O Shalish Kendro along with others sectors experts.