On 2 November 2018, UN Women convened the fifth meeting of the Steering Committee of the Flagship Programme Making Every Woman and Girl Count (MEWGC). The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, on the margins of the annual meeting of the OECD DAC Network on Gender Equality (GENDERNET).
The meeting provided an opportunity to share updates on the implementation of the programme in 2018; highlight the recently launched Center of Excellence on Gender Statistics and present its programme of work; discuss resource mobilization and present plans for 2019. A key outcome of the meeting was also to offer the lessons learned through the country assessments conducted in 2017-2018.
Participants included representatives from donor governments and organizations, including: the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia (DFAT), the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Irish Aid, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Alwaleed Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition, several international agencies and observers, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, Agence Française de Development, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the World Bank, UNECE, PARIS21, the Chanel Foundation and Procter & Gamble participated in the meeting.