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Wednesday, February 14
 

8:00am

Breakfast and Registration
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday February 14, 2018 8:00am - 8:30am
Cecil B. Day Chapel 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

8:30am

Welcome and Conference Objectives
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Amb. Mary Ann Peters (Ret.)

Amb. Mary Ann Peters (Ret.)

Chief Executive Officer, The Carter Center
Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters joined The Carter Center as its chief executive officer Sept. 2, 2014. As CEO, Ambassador Peters provides vision and leadership for The Carter Center and oversees all program implementation and operations.Ambassador Peters was provost of the U.S... Read More →


Wednesday February 14, 2018 8:30am - 8:45am
Cecil B. Day Chapel 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

8:45am

Opening Keynote Speaker: Dr. Aminata Toure
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
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Aminata Toure

Former Prime Minister of Senegal


Wednesday February 14, 2018 8:45am - 9:15am
Cecil B. Day Chapel 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

9:15am

Promoting Women's Rights of Access to Information: Perspectives of Global Leaders
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Sanjay Kumar Pradhan

Sanjay Kumar Pradhan

CEO, Open Government Partnership
Sanjay Pradhan joined the Open Government Partnership in May 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. Bringing a wealth of open government and innovation experience to the role, he previously served in three senior positions at the World Bank: as the Vice President for Leadership, Learni... Read More →


Wednesday February 14, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Cecil B. Day Chapel 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307
  • MODERATOR Laura Neuman

10:15am

Stories from the Field: Liberia
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Cerue Konah Garlo

Cerue Konah Garlo

Senior Gender Specialist, The Carter Center ATI Liberia Program
Cerue Konah Garlo is a hands-on peacebuilding activist and civil society leader experienced in designing, delivering and evaluating capacity building and institutional strengthening trainings with a principal focus on women’s rights, advocacy, community mobilization and citizen... Read More →
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Marpue Mamba Speare

Executive Director, WONGOSOL


Wednesday February 14, 2018 10:15am - 10:30am
Cecil B. Day Chapel 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

11:00am

The Value of Transparency and Access to Information for Women: Framing the Issues
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Chair of the Executive Board, Women Political Leaders, Global Forum
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Takyiwaa Manuh

Professor, Institute of Development Studies
Professor Takyiwaa Manuh recently retired as the Director of the Social Development Policy Division at the UN Economic Commission for Africa, based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Before then she had been a Professor of African Studies at the University of Ghana where she also served a... Read More →
avatar for Delia Ferreira Rubio

Delia Ferreira Rubio

Chair, Transparency International


Wednesday February 14, 2018 11:00am - 12:15pm
Cecil B. Day Chapel 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307
  • MODERATOR Angie Rozas, Senior Director, Social Impact, The Coca-Cola Company

12:15pm

Lunch
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday February 14, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Cyprus Room 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

1:30pm

Stories from the Field: Guatemala
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
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Manfredo Roberto Marroquín

Presidente Y Representante Legal, Acción Ciudadana
Manfredo Marroquin | | Licenciado en Ciencias Políticas y Sociales de la Universidad Rafael Landívar. Co-fundador y actual presidente de la Junta Directiva de la organización de sociedad civil Acción Ciudadana, capítulo guatemalteco de Transparencia Internacional. Desde h... Read More →
avatar for Sofia Villatoro

Sofia Villatoro

ATI Project Lead, The Carter Center
Maria Sofia Villatoro has a degree in International Relations, a Master’s in Public Policy Management and International Law and a certification in Human Rights. She has expertise in human rights, gender, transparency and access to information, and has worked to improve conditio... Read More →


Wednesday February 14, 2018 1:30pm - 1:45pm
Cecil B. Day Chapel 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

1:45pm

Advancing Women's Rights to Information: The Role of International Institutions and Instruments
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
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Bandana Rana

Member, CEDAW Committee
"Bandana Rana is an expert member to the UN CEDAW Committee since 2016. In March 2016 she was awarded the ""Woman of Distinction Award"" by the UN NGO Committee on the Status of Women in New York in recognition of her outstanding leadership, profound commitment and exceptional co... Read More →
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Edison Antonio Lanza Robatto

Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights


Wednesday February 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Cecil B. Day Chapel 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307
  • MODERATOR Nana Oye Lithur, Former Ministry of Gender, Ghana

3:00pm

Stories from the Field: Bangladesh
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Shaheen Anam

Shaheen Anam

Executive Director, MJF
Shaheen Anam is the Executive Director of Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), a grant making organization supporting Human Rights and Governance work of organizations(approx 250) in Bangladesh. She has worked for CARE Bangladesh as the Coordinator for their largest program and for t... Read More →
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Sumana Mahmud

Chief of Party, The Carter Center


Wednesday February 14, 2018 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Cecil B. Day Chapel 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

3:15pm

Canada’s Feminist Agenda: Is this the way forward?
Speakers
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Nadia Theodore

Consul General, Canada


Wednesday February 14, 2018 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Cecil B. Day Chapel 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

3:45pm

Working Group Introductions
Group 1 – International Conventions and Instruments: Opportunities for integrating access to information for women
Facilitator: Randi Davis, Director, Gender Team, UNDP
Rapporteur: Natalie Elwell, Senior Gender Advisor, World Resource Institute

Group 2 – Intergovernmental and international non-governmental organizations: Promoting
 transparency and access to information for women
Facilitators: Mark Robinson, Global Director, Governance, World Resource Institute
                   Sharu Joshi Shrestha, Strategic Partnership Specialist , UN Women
Rapporteur: Tania Sanchez Andrade, Research & Learning Manager, Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT)
 
Group 3 – National law and institutional frameworks: Possibilities for inclusion, revision, and reform
Facilitators: Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner, Canada
                    Edet Ojo, Executive Director, Media Rights Agenda, Nigeria
Rapporteur: Marcos Mendiburu, Transparency and Governance Consultant, Argentina  
               
Group 4 – National enabling environment: Considering cultural influences and leveraging partnerships
Facilitator:  Mukelani Dimba, Civil Society Co-Chair, Open Government Partnership
                   Krishna Hari Baskota, Chief Information Commissioner, Nepal
Rapporteur: Emilene Martinez, Senior Civil Society Coordinator Latin America, Open Government        Partnership
                 
Group 5 – Opportunities for demonstrating value and engaging new frontiers: Research, data, and ICTs
Facilitators: Nathaniel Heller, Executive Vice President, Results for Development
                   Portia Taylor, Advisor, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Rapporteur: Chris Hale, Ideas United

Wednesday February 14, 2018 3:45pm - 5:30pm
TBA

5:30pm

Cocktail Reception
Museum Tour (Optional)

Wednesday February 14, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Jimmy Carter Library and Museum Lobby 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

6:30pm

Dinner and Conference Keynote
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Former President, Republic of Liberia


Wednesday February 14, 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cyprus Room 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307
 
Thursday, February 15
 

8:15am

Breakfast
Thursday February 15, 2018 8:15am - 8:45am
Cyprus Room 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

8:45am

Plenary: Break into working groups
Group 1: International Conventions and Instruments: Opportunities for integrating access to information for women
Group 2: Intergovernmental and international non-governmental organizations: Promoting transparency and access to information for women
Group 3: National law and institutional frameworks: Possibilities for inclusion, revision, and reform
Group 4: National enabling environment: Considering cultural influences and leveraging partnerships
Group 5: Strategies for overcoming obstacles and determining impact, including use of ICTs

Thursday February 15, 2018 8:45am - 9:00am
TBA

9:00am

Working Group 1: International Conventions and Instruments: Opportunities for integrating access to information for women
This working group will closely examine instruments of international law and human rights, such as CEDAW and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption or regional instruments such as the Aarhus Convention or European Convention on Human Rights, to consider how these and other conventions and international instruments might provide openings for advancing women’s right of access to information. The working group will draw from positive experiences in using international law to promote rights as well as consider linkages and opportunities to utilize these conventions to advance women’s rights to information, including potential changes to the protocols or their application.  In addition, the Sustainable Development Goals provide an important opportunity for linking women’s rights under Goal 5 gender equality and Goal 10, which includes good governance and access to information. This working group will consider ideas for positively engaging the SDG’s to promote access to information for women.

Thursday February 15, 2018 9:00am - 11:15am
TBA
  • FACILITATOR Randi Davis, Director, Gender Team, UNDP
  • RAPPORTEUR Natalie Elwell, Senior Gender Advisor, World Resource Institute

9:00am

Working Group 2: Intergovernmental and international non-governmental organizations: Promoting transparency and access to information for women
Intergovernmental initiatives, such as the Open Government Partnership and Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, and regional bodies through their Special Rapporteurs and Ombudsman offer opportunities for highlighting the value of access to information for women and platform for encouraging meaningful national commitments. Moreover, if the many international NGOs that promote good governance, accountability and access to information more systematically integrated gender into their approaches, while the gender community simultaneously focused even more on good governance and transparency, advances to women's economic empowerment, better service delivery, participation and the promotion and protection of rights might be realized. This working group will consider the impact of gender on the achievement of their mandates as well as how their work can more expressly support women's greater economic empowerment and rights.  Recommendations from this working group will provide guidance for encouraging greater gender inclusion in their efforts and ideas for explicitly engaging and addressing the gendered aspects of their commissions, with a focus on increasing women's access to critical information.

Thursday February 15, 2018 9:00am - 11:15am
TBA
  • FACILITATOR Mark Robinson, Global Director, Governance, World Resource Institute; Share Joshi Shrestha, Strategic Partnership Specialist, UN Women
  • RAPPORTEUR Tania Sanchez Andrade, Research & Learning Manager, Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT)

9:00am

Working Group 3: National law and institutional frameworks: Possibilities for inclusion, revision, and reform
According to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), all national laws and policy must be viewed through a gender lens. Yet, none of the access to information laws or implementing policies have received such a review. This working group will explore reasons for women’s ineffective exercise of the right to information at the national level, including consideration of statutory and institutional frameworks that govern the right to access information and the public administrations that are meant to respond. Specifically, this working group will consider whether there are provisions within access to information laws and/or the ways in which these laws are implemented and practiced that directly or indirectly have a disparate impact on women. Moreover, the group will consider whether there are changes that could be made to the public administration to encourage women’s greater use and benefit from access to information laws. An important outcome of this discussion will include an analysis of whether it is necessary to mainstream gender in legislation governing access to information, what facets of ATI laws might need to be amended, and consideration and recommendations for potential institutional reforms.

Thursday February 15, 2018 9:00am - 11:15am
TBA
  • FACILITATOR Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner, Canada; Edet Ojo, Executive Director, Media Rights Agenda, Nigeria
  • RAPPORTEUR Marcos Mendiburu, Transparency and Governance Consultant, Argentina

9:00am

Working Group 4: National enabling environment: Considering cultural influences and leveraging partnerships
While amendments to international and national policy and laws may be critical to advancing women’s right to information, these may prove ineffective without an understanding of the factors that inhibit women’s exercise of the right and the means of improving the local enabling environment, as well as how to make the right of access to information a priority issue. The focus of this working group will be to examine ways in which local environments can be made more conducive for women to exercise their right to access information. The discussion may consider issues of safety for women requesters and reducing fear, ideas for engaging potential champions and reducing the negative influence of obstructionists, and how and with whom to develop creative partnerships to support women’s rights to information, including the media, parliamentarians and private sector.  The working group participants will share experiences and lessons learned and ideas for applying these to advance women’s right to information.

Thursday February 15, 2018 9:00am - 11:15am
TBA
  • FACILITATOR Mukelani Dimba, Civil Society Co-Chair, Open Government Partnership; Krishna Hari Baskota, Chief Information Commissioner, Nepal
  • RAPPORTEUR Emilene Martinez, Senior Civil Society Coordinator Latin America, Open Government Partnership

9:00am

Working Group 5: Opportunities for demonstrating value and engaging new frontiers: Research, data, and ICTs
Identifying and applying appropriate tools will complement international and national efforts to advance the right of access to information for women. Participants in this working group will consider a variety of potential inputs and practical solutions that could support a more universal right to information.  Areas for consideration might include whether the community of practice has sufficient research, knowledge and disaggregated data to advance the value proposition that information is transformative for women.  With the continuing focus on open data, is the most necessary information being developed and disseminated and is it effectively reaching women. Additionally, this working group will consider the extent and impact of the digital gender divide and identify ways to mitigate the gap and to better use technologies to support meaningful information reaching women. Finally, the group may consider what is being measured today as success and what should be in the future. Recommendations from this working group might include practical ways in which we can better demonstrate the value proposition and harness new technologies and tools to advance women’s effective right to information.

Thursday February 15, 2018 9:00am - 11:15am
TBA
  • FACILITATOR Nathaniel Heller, Executive Vice President, Results for Development; Portia Taylor, Advisor, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • RAPPORTEUR Chris Hale, Ideas United

11:15am

Report Back of Findings and Proposed Action Points
Thursday February 15, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm
TBA
  • MODERATOR Aminata Toure, Former Prime Minister, Senegal; Laura Neuman, Director, Global Access to Information Program, The Carter Center

12:30pm

Lunch
Thursday February 15, 2018 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Cyprus Room 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

1:45pm

Group Photo
Thursday February 15, 2018 1:45pm - 2:10pm
Cecil B. Day Chapel 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

2:10pm

Remarks and Plenary Discussion and Adoption of Findings and Action Plan
Speakers
avatar for President Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter

Former President of the United States, The Carter Center


Thursday February 15, 2018 2:10pm - 3:30pm
Cecil B. Day Chapel 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

3:30pm

Conclusion and Closing Remarks
Thursday February 15, 2018 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Cecil B. Day Chapel 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307