Breakout Sessions

The Economic Implications of Gender-Based Violence

New York East

Session Features:  Girls and Women Strategy Session

Gender-based violence severely hinders development globally by usurping the ability of girls and women to leverage their potential effectively. The World Health Organization estimates that more than one-third of women worldwide experience gender-based violence in their lifetimes—and productivity losses resulting from gender-based violence are estimated at up to 10 percent of GDP in some countries. In addition to negatively impacting businesses by significantly increasing costs from employee absenteeism, as well as raising health expenses for employees and their families, the larger-scale social norms that underlie gender-based violence limit a company’s and a market’s potential in a given geography.


• Explore strategies that encourage the economic independence of girls and women—which can act as a protective factor for violence—throughout the supply chain and highlight some of the successes and challenges encountered when implementing such programs.
• Identify potential opportunities for collaboration through Commitments to Action focused on the prevention of gender-based violence.
• Provide an opportunity for networking and partnership building.


Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President and President of Global Health and Development, Becton, Dickinson and Company
Ashley Judd, Ambassador, Population Services International
Anu Madgavkar, Senior Fellow, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company


Margaret Greene, Chair , Promundo Board of Directors


Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President and Global Chief Diversity officer, Sodexo
Luis Alberto Moreno, President , Inter-American Development Bank
Beatriz Perez, Chief Sustainability Officer , The Coca-Cola Company
Tulika Srivastava, Executive Director, South Asia Women's Fund