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Africa Dialogues on COVID-19 Response: Gendered impacts of COVID-19

Datum: 04-06-2020
Tijd: 15:00 - 16:00
Locatie: online

The United Nations anticipated that 2020 would be a ground-breaking year for gender equality. Instead, due to the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, even the limited gains made in the past decades have been put at risk of being reversed. Disease outbreaks have affected women and men differently, with pandemics especially exacerbating gender inequalities for girls and women. From the effects of school closures to the challenges in accessing sexual and reproductive health services, the upcoming Africa Dialogues webinar will focus on the gendered impacts of COVID-19 and what is being done to ensure that women and girls aren’t being left behind.

On 4 June 2020, Dalberg Advisors and Amref Health Africa will host Angela Muriithi (Country Director of Plan International Zimbabwe), Dr. Boluwatife Oluwafunmilola Lola-Dare (President of CHESTRAD Global), and Scheaffer Okore (freelance development strategic advisor). Topics covered will include: challenges that the pandemic presents to health policy on gender, government engagement and advocacy around gender inclusion, gender markers for programme planning and implementation, and areas needing critical attention to ensure minimal disruption of services.
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About the Speakers

Scheaffer Okore
Vice Chairperson for Ukweli Party in Kenya | Columnist | Obama Foundation Africa Leader Fellow 2018 | Gates Foundation Goalkeepers Advisory Board | She’s The First Board Member | The She Tank Board MemberAn International Relations and diplomacy graduate who describes herself as an Afro-Politico-Feminist. She's a development strategic advisor for philanthropies, non-profits and social impact organisations. Her work is intersectional between policy, governance, youth and gender using a feminist lens.She is Vice Chairperson for Ukweli party in Kenya, a columnist for one of Kenya’s top newspapers and one of the revered voices with over 7 years of broad experience advocating for women and youth participation in governance, leadership, democratic processes and sexual reproductive health rights. She is Ex campaigns manager at Purpose Global Kenya.Okore is an Obama Foundation’s Africa leader fellow of 2018. She serves on several boards as a thought leader who is currently among 10 global leaders serving on the Gates Foundation's Goalkeepers advisory board, She’s The First organisation in New York, Center for Feminist Foreign Policy in Berlin and The She Tank in Abuja, Nigeria.Okore was recognised as one of ONE Campaign's global women of 2018, she is celebrated as one of Africa’s top 100 most influential youth and Kenya's top 100 most influential youth, both in the category of governance and law.

Angela Muriithi
Country Director, Plan International Zimbabwe

Angela Githitho Muriithi is the Country Director for Plan International Zimbabwe. Angela holds a PHD in Sociology of Education from the University of Cambridge, a Master of Philosophy in Politics, Democracy and Education from the same university. She has 8 years of professional experience in senior management specializing in designing, implementing and monitoring and evaluating development and research projects. She is a dynamic, collaborative, creative, value driven individual with a passion for social justice, inclusive development, and for tackling the problems faced by girls and women. Before joining Plan International, Angela served as BBC Media Action Country Director for Kenya and Somalia and before that role she worked in the same organisation as research manager. Her educational background is in the field of education.

Dr. Boluwatife Oluwafunmilola Lola-Dare (BOL-D)

President, CHESTRAD GlobalLola Dare, an award winning community physician, epidemiologist, public health practitioner, development consultant, social entrepreneur and irrepressible global health advocate for women, girls and young persons.  She champions application of evidence and data for policy advocacy and accountability. She leads advocacy for resilient, accountable, right based, universal health services and systems strengthening, engaging policy makers, parliamentarians, donor funded programmes, national governments, bilateral, multi-lateral and intergovernmental organizations and agencies. She nimbly links investments in health to social protection, with resultant large scale impact across sectors.

Lola-Dare is an innovative thought leader whose voice is well respected as informed and authentically southern.  She is President of CHESTRAD Global, a social enterprise operating in Africa, Europe and North America with it’s programmes headquarters in Nigeria.  Under her stewardship, CHESTRAD has grown from an indigenous research firm, transforming the landscape in primary health care systems strengthening across Africa, with influence in global health development.

Dr. HAKIBA Solange, MD, MPHDr.
HAKIBA Solange served for the last four (4) years as the Deputy Director General in charge of Social Security Benefits in the Rwanda Social Security Board. As such, she strategically managed 6 schemes among which the Old-age pension scheme and two health insurance schemes respectively designed for the formal sector (enrolling both public and private sectors) and the informal sector (community-based health insurance CBHI). She also served as the Chairperson for the national Rwanda Health Insurance Association (RHIA) for three (3) years.
Prior to this, Dr Hakiba served as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Chief Budget Manager for the national health sector.
Her experience spans from policy and strategy development in government and international organizations leadership positions, in addition to working for/with Civil Society organizations operating in health and women/ girls empowerment.

About the Moderators

Edwin Macharia
Global Managing Partner, Dalberg Advisors

Edwin Macharia is the Global Managing Partner of Dalberg Advisors, the leading global strategic advisory firm that works collaboratively with public, private and philanthropic organisations to enable all people, everywhere, to reach their fullest potential. Elected in November 2019, Edwin’s term began on January 1, 2020, making him Dalberg's 4th Global Managing Partner since its founding in 2001. Prior to that, he served as the Africa Regional Director. He is a board member of Nabo Capital and Digital Green. He also serves as a member of The Nature Conservancy Africa Council, and the Amref University Governing Council.

Githinji Gitahi
Global CEO, Amref Health Africa

Dr. Githinji Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa as the Global Chief Executive Officer in June 2015. Amref Health Africa, founded in 1957, is the largest African-led international organization on the continent and reaches more than 11 million people each year through 150 health-focused projects across 35 countries. Dr Gitahi is co-Chair of the UHC2030 Steering Committee, a global World Bank and World Health Organization (WHO) initiative for Universal Health Coverage (UHC). He is a member of the Africa COVID-19 Response Committee and Board member of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). 

Register for this webinar here.