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Global Deal Webinar Series: Promoting a gender-responsive recovery through social dialogue – 1 June 2021



The Global Deal 2021 webinar series examines how social dialogue can be used as a tool to deal with challenges in global supply chains, promote a gender-responsive recovery, and contribute to due diligence.


This second webinar, “Promoting a gender-responsive recovery through social dialogue”, took place on Tuesday, 1 June 2021, from 14:30 to 16:00 (Central European Time). It presented the Global Deal brief on the contribution of social dialogue to gender equality, which demonstrates that women have been disproportionately impacted by the economic and social fallouts of the COVID-19 crisis. It is therefore important that gender equality is at the core of the efforts to build an inclusive, fair and sustainable recovery. Social dialogue can support these efforts since it is an efficient tool to deliver gender-equal outcomes and close gender inequality gaps in the world of work.


In this webinar, speakers presented good practices that highlight the key contribution of social dialogue and sound industrial relations to promoting a gender-responsive recovery.


You can watch the full webinar here and download the presentations by Verena Schmidt (ILO), Pierre Koelsch (Crédit Agricole), Verónica Montúfar (Public Services International), Jane Rexworthy (People 1st International), Caroline Courtin (BNP Paribas) and Manuela Tomei (EPIC, ILO).



Opening remarks

Veronica Nilsson, Head of the Global Deal Support Unit



Presentation of the Global Deal brief on social dialogue for gender equality

Verena Schmidt, Labour Relations and Collective Bargaining Specialist, International Labour Organization (ILO)

14.45  15.35








Experiences and good practices from Global Deal partners

Social dialogue and gender equality 

Pierre Koelsch, Social Relations Manager, Crédit Agricole


An inclusive and just recovery based on gender equality

Verónica Montúfar, Equality Officer and Project Coordinator, Public Services International (PSI)


Promoting gender diversity in the workplace

Jane Rexworthy, Executive Director, People 1st International 


The contribution of social dialogue to gender equality

Caroline Courtin, Corporate Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, BNP Paribas 


Responses to the impacts of COVID-19 on domestic and informal workers and the role of social dialogue

María del Mar Ortolano, Director of the Labour Court for Domestic Workers, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, Government of Argentina

15.35  15.45


Closing gender pay gaps: the Equal Pay International Coalition (EPIC)

Manuela Tomei, EPIC Secretariat and Founding Member; Director of the Conditions of Work and Equality Department, ILO

15.45  16.00

Discussion and concluding remarks



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