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“Women in power and decision-making: making a world of difference”

The Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) will participate in the event “Women in power and decision-making: making a world of difference”, next 27-28 February in Santiago de Chile.

The event, organised by the Government of Chile, aims to showcase and celebrate women’s achievements in having reached a range of decision-making positions, and to mobilise support and political will for accelerating further progress on this area of the Beijing Platform for Action.

High-level leaders from all around the world have been invited to the event. The following members of the WIP Advisory Board will contribute to the discussion during this 2-day conference in Chile: Lakshimi Puri, Deputy Executive Director UN Women, Rebeca Grynspan, Head of the Ibero-American Secretariat, Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the World Food Programme, and Zainab Bangura, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict. Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Founder of WIP, will also participate in this high-level event.

By inviting a broad range of women leaders, the meeting will consider women’s contribution to, and impact in, all areas of leadership. It will also assist in filling the gaps of knowledge in terms of women’s participation in those areas that are less documented such as local government, the judiciary, trade unions and the media. Ideally, the meeting will allow for the creation of networks of solidarity among women across the public and private sectors.

The meeting will allow for information exchange, the sharing of personal testimonies, and a discussion of effective strategies to promote women’s leadership, and will generate a strong declaration with a series of concrete recommendations within the framework of Beijing+20 and ahead of the next Commission on the Status of Women in 2015, (CSW 59) that will take place from 9th to 20th March in New York. This “Call for Action” will aim to accelerate national implementation of all necessary measures to achieve the equal access of women to decision making in all spheres.

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