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Reviving economic opportunities for women affected by conflict, displacement & COVID-19

Time (GMT +01) 14:00 15:00
Hero image description: Fariba is a refugee from Afghanistan living in Greece, a client of the Rescuing Futures Citi Partnership. Image credit:Elena Heatherwick/ IRC
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The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the lives and livelihoods of women globally. Women affected by crisis and displacement have been hit by a ‘triple disadvantage’ of Covid-19, displacement and gender discrimination. Yet significant gaps remain in both policy and funding for the economic empowerment of women affected by crisis and displacement.

This event will bring together experts and policy makers to identify the critical steps needed to ensure that policy and finance responds to the needs and priorities emerging from the pandemic. We will hear from policy experts and practitioners, and explore evidence from a new report by the IRC and ODI on the impacts of Covid-19 on the economic empowerment of women affected by conflict and displacement. The event will include perspectives from the IRC/Citi partnership programme, Resilient Futures, in Greece, Jordan and Nigeria who informed this research.

The discussion will explore how the humanitarian sector and wider donor community can more effectively support women’s economic inclusion in crisis and humanitarian settings and will also ask how the UK and German governments can use the momentum of the G7 presidency to push forward this agenda.


  • Chair: Radha Rajkotia

    Chief Research & Policy Officer, Innovations for Poverty Action

  • Opening remarks: Nour Jarrar

    CCO of Citi Jordan

  • Annabel Patrick


  • Sarra Ghazi

    IRC Country Director of Jordan

  • Abigail Hunt

    Research Fellow, ODI

  • Pippa Bird

    Head of Development in Jordan, FCDO

  • Closing remarks: David Miliband

    IRC president and CEO