Past Event

Mainstreaming Gender: An International Perspective

July 20, 2018
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Columbia University International Affairs Building - Room 1501 (420 West 118th Street, New York)

According to the UN, Gender mainstreaming is a globally accepted strategy that situates gender equality issues at the center of policy decisions, medium-term plans, program budgets, and institutional structures and processes.

Mainstreaming can reveal a need for changes in goals, strategies, and actions to ensure that both women and men can influence, participate in and benefit from development processes. It can require changes in organizations – structures, procedures, and cultures – to create organizational environments which are conducive to the promotion of gender equality.

In this panel, we invite guests to discuss initiatives and proposed ideas that can advance mainstreaming gender in an international perspective. The event will be an open discussion on the challenges, strategies, and initiatives for advancing gender equality in different professional fields, in the private and public sector.

The discussion is promoted by the Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro in partnership with the Athena Center for Leadership Studies of Barnard College.


>> This event is free of charge and open to the public



1:00 PM - 1:40 PM | Keynote Speaker

Tania Cosentino, CEO, Schneider Electric South America


2:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Discussion

Cate Ambrose, President and Executive Director, Latin American Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (LAVCA)

Cheryl Bassett, Director of Human Trafficking Training Initiatives, The McCain Institute for International Leadership

Gwen Young, Director, Wilson Center’s Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project



Yasmine Ergas, Director of the Specialization on Gender and Public Policy, Columbia University

Nara Milanich, Associate Professor of History, Barnard College

Daniella Diniz, Senior Program Manager, Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro