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Day 1

Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Women's Economic Empowerment Event:
Mobilizing Markets and COmmitments to Gender Equality in the Indian Ocean Rim
Savoy Spa & Resort, Mahé Island, Republic of Seychelles
24-25 August 2015


Day 1
Monday, 24 August 2015 

Mahé Consensus on Gender Equality and Women's Economic Empowerment 

Time Event
08:00 - 08:45 Registration - Amirantes Conference Room, Lower Ground Floor
08:45 - 12:00

Site Visits - Meet in lobby of Savoy Resort & Spa

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the Republic of Seychelles
invites participants to meet women business owners

12:00 - 13:00

Lunch -Grand Savoy Restaurant

13:00 - 13:30

Official Opening - Amirantes Conference Room

Ms Meg Jones, Chief, Economic Empowerment, UN-Women - Master of Ceremonies

H.E. Ms Julie Bishop, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Australia (Video)

H.E. Ms Natasha Stott Despoja, Ambassador for Women & Girls, Australia

H.E. Dr Erna Athanasius, Ambassador for Women & Children, Republic of Seychelles

Mr Graham Anderson on behalf of H.E. Ambassador K V bhagirath, Secretary General, IORA 

13:30 - 14:30

Launch of Report and Panel Discussion on the Status of Women in the Indian Ocean Rim

Presentation of the key findings from the study followed by a discussion of strategies to enhance
women's economic empowerment in Indian Ocean Rim region 

Ms Ama Marston, Marston Consulting, presents key findings of report

Prof V N Attri, Chair of Indian Ocean Studies of IORA, discussant

Questions and Answers from participants 

14:30 - 15:15

Group Photo & Coffee Break

15:15 - 15:45

Reports from Site Visits

15:45 - 16:45

Interactive Session: Replication of Good Practice Models within the Indian Ocean Rim

Moderated by Ms Meg Jones, meeting participants will be encouraged to participate in an
interactive session with a sharing of national experiences.

16:45 - 17:15

Introduction to Outcome Document, Mahé Consensus

H.E. Ms Natasha Stott Despoja,
 Ambassador for women and Girls, Australia

H.E. Dr Erna Athanasius, Ambassador for Women and Children, Republic of Seychelles 

17:15 - 17:30

Close of Day 1 - Master of Ceremonies


Dinner - Pescado, Savoy Resort & Spa

Introduction by H.E. Dr Erna Athanasius,  
Ambassador for Women and Children, Republic Seychelles

Key Note Address by Ms Mirai Chatterjee, Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) of India.
SEWA has developed a model of organising workers that has been scaled-up and
replicated in several countries. SEWA now spearheads an initiative with the
Ministry of External Affairs of India to replicate the model in two IORA Member States


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