Breakout session | Stage 1 

Host: Oxfam 

Going back to pre-pandemic policies and politics won’t solve the crises of our times or achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Extreme inequality had left our health systems, economies and societies unprepared for Coronavirus, and the pandemic widened those inequalities even further. Now our world is hurting, but it can recover, and it’s going to take new forms of international cooperation, and new activism and public energy to deliver us out of this crisis. This panel will bring together young and experienced activists working on inequality, gender and power from across the world to talk about the movements, voices and policy agendas we will need to re energize our work on the Sustainable Development Goals.   


Danny Sriskandarajah - Moderator
CEO Oxfam

Dr Danny Sriskandarajah has been CEO of Oxfam Great Britain since January 2019. Prior to that he spent six years as Secretary General of CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. Previous roles include Director General of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Global Public Goods in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. From 2018 to 2019 he was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. Danny is passionate about the power of civil society to challenge inequality.

Lan Mercado
Asia Regional Director, Oxfam

Lan is a life-long activist, with over 30 years of experience working with civil society coalitions, environmental movements, and international women's rights organizations. Today, she leads Oxfam in Asia, and she is currently co-leading Oxfam’s global advocacy work on coronavirus, including campaigns for debt relief and a People’s Vaccine.

Chioma Agwuegbo
Executive Director, TechHerNG
Chioma’s interests revolve around women, media, politics, and technology. As Executive Director at TechHerNG, she applies tech solutions towards societal problems, especially as they affect women. Whether it is chaperoning young, first-time women politicians, co-creating solutions for sexual and gender-based violence, or curating sessions on digital security, Chioma believes that technology not applied is not useful.

Chioma’s foray into advocacy began with the Light Up Nigeria Movement in 2008. Since then, she has functioned in leadership teams for campaigns such as Enough is Enough, Gen Voices, Occupy Nigeria, Bring Back Our Girls, Not Too Young To Run, and now, StateofEmergencyGBV.
Njoki Njehu
Pan Africa Coordinator for the Fight Inequality Alliance

Ms. Njehû is a committed grassroots organizer/mobilizer and activist.

A Pan-Africanist, feminist, and popular educator, Ms. Njehû’s expertise includes women’s land rights, gender justice, community rights, and environmental justice.

She is co-founder & Executive Director of Daughters of Mumbi Global Resource Center (DOM), an independent non-ethnic, non-partisan Nairobi-based network. Prior to her 2005 return to Kenya, Ms. Njehû served as Director of the 50 Years Is Enough: U.S. Network for Global Economic Justice. She has testified three (3) times before the U.S. Congress, on debt, HIV/AIDS and other crises facing Africa.

Ms. Njehû is the coordinator of the Pan-African Fight Inequality Alliance, Board member Urgent Action Fund (UAF) Africa and Natural Justice.

Ms. Njehû has been widely profiled and quoted in print and broadcast media, including: Time Magazine, The Financial Times (U.K), The New York Times, The Sankei Shimbun (Japan), The Washington Post, BBC, CNN International, and various radio & TV stations in Kenya.

September 22, 09:00
09:00 — 09:45EST(GMT-4) (45′)

Activism, Gender, Inequalities, Leave No One Behind, People, Youth

| Host: Oxfam |, Chioma Agwuegbo (Not Too Young to Run campaign), Danny Sriskandarajah, Njoki Njehu (Fight Inequality Alliance)