Holding Ourselves Accountable for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment


It is widely recognized that gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are critical for sustainable political, economic and social development. Most governments and development institutions, as well as the private sector, acknowledge this in commitments, policies and programming. However, practical challenges to implementation still exist.

This video of MCC’s event on the margins of the 2012 UN General Assembly included discussion of how governments, donors and the private sector are working to be accountable for gender equality and the empowerment of women. The participants offered examples of challenges, successes and ways in which various sectors and institutions can work together to achieve these benchmarks of human progress.


  • H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia
  • H.E. President Joyce Banda of Malawi

Moderated by

  • Ms. Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation

Related Country Programs

Malawi Compact

The compact aims to revitalize Malawi’s power sector by upgrading electricity infrastructure and improving the performance of key institutions, which will reduce energy costs to enterprises and households and enhance productivity and employment opportunities.

Liberia Threshold Program

The program focuses on improving land rights and access, increasing girls’ primary education enrollment and retention and improving Liberia’s trade policy and practices.