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Promoting Equitable Gender Norms to Foster Democratic Resilience

24 March 2023
10:00 - 11:30 AM ET --- 15:00 -16:30 PM CET
Hybrid: Online and Riggs Library Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the governments of Sweden and Romania, and International IDEA invite you to an event ahead of the second Summit for Democracy on Promoting Equitable Gender Norms to Foster Democratic Resilience, on Friday, March 24, 2023, 10:00 - 11:30 AM ET, at Riggs Library in Georgetown University, Washington D.C. or you can join virtually on Facebook.

The second Summit for Democracy is a key opportunity to recognize and incorporate gender equality across all democracy-building policies and initiatives. To support this goal, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the governments of Sweden and Romania, and International IDEA formed a Cohort on Gender Equality as a Prerequisite for Democracy. In collaboration with the U.S. government, the Cohort is working across policy and practice to elevate gender equality considerations throughout the Summit and provide concrete recommendations for governments and civil society partners to build greater democratic resilience.

Ahead of the second Summit for Democracy, the Cohort will host a high-level event at Georgetown University to highlight the need for sustained efforts to address discriminatory gender norms that hinder the full and meaningful political participation and leadership of diverse women and girls. The event will also spotlight a new Network for Gender-Inclusive Democracy that USAID is bringing together to accelerate women’s political participation and serve as an entry point to advance the recommendations of the Gender Cohort. It will also showcase efforts by the US Department of State to advance the Presidential Initiatives for Democratic Reform, including through programs like SHE WINS and SHE PERSISTS which integrate women into peace building efforts in particularly vulnerable regions around the world.


  • Douglas Emhoff, Second Gentleman of the United States
  • Tobias Billström, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs
  • Jamille Bigio, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment, USAID
  • Katrina “Kat” Fotovat, Senior Official to the Secretary of State in the Office of Global Women's Issues, US Department of State
  • Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General of International IDEA; former Vice President of Costa Rica
  • Kateryna Levchenko, Government Commissioner for Gender Equality Policy in Ukraine
  • Ikram Ben Said, Founder, Aswat Nissa, Tunisia
  • Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security


Recommendations of the Summit for Democracy’s Gender Cohort

The recommendations of the Summit for Democracy’s Gender Cohort, co-led by Sweden, Romania, the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) and International IDEA, provide suggestions to strengthen democracy by striving for gender equality. The recommendations and proposed actions were identified in consultation with the cohort consisting over 100 representatives of governments and civil society from all regions of the world. Governments and civil society are encouraged to consider the recommendations as tools for strengthening democracy by promoting gender equality. The recommendations focus on three pillars: inclusion; legislative and policy frameworks; and conflict prevention, peace and security. Each thematic pillar is fundamental for gender equality in democracy.


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