- Young Professionals Summit
On the Margins: Women in Power
In line with the theme of this year’s GMF’s Brussels Forum, this exclusive lunch is for women in senior positions to engage on the role of women leaders in (re)-building trust. Populist and extremist movements, the gendered nature of hate speech, racism, and other forms of discrimination has accompanied recent politics on both sides of the Atlantic. Traditional politics seems to have failed many citizens who do not feel they have gained much from democracy, prosperity, and peaceful relations. At the same time, there is low representation of women in politics and a relative absence of women's voices in the public debates.
MARCH 9, 2018 - 15:25 CET
LET’S OWN OUR POWER
I think there's a lot of exciting possibilities for women in the United States. We have literally thousands of women who are going to run for office because in this time of distrust, they want to make a difference, they want to own their power, they network with each other. So I think women as individuals owning their own power and then networking with other women to help achieve their objectives creates an enormous amount of possibility. I think the entire world was struck by the women’s marches on the 21st of January right after the American election. This was not only a galvanizing event in Washington DC, and the United States, but all over the world. We make up more than half the population of the world and we need to help women and girls in the developing world to reach their dreams through education and elections. I think together we can make a big difference.
— Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, Senior Counselor, Albright Stonebridge Group
MARCH 9, 2018 - 13:25 CET
YOUNG WOMEN AND NATO
Every day we are looking for more ways to get young people more involved in NATO’s work and get more understanding also of what NATO is doing.
— Rose Gottemoeller, Deputy Secretary General, NATO
MARCH 9, 2018 - 13:15 CET
The most important thing for me, and I think for all the women here at this lunch, is that women need to be more visible not only in politics but also in business and everywhere in society. I think that would really increase the trust in society.
— Hanna Birna Kristjansdottir, Executive Board Chair, Women Political Leaders Forum
MARCH 9, 2018 - 12:55 CET
FOCUS ON WHAT WORKS
For the second time, we are doing the Women in Power lunch with GMF and women political leaders. We really want to focus on what works: policies, concrete actions that have been taken in everyone’s respective work environment — be it in politics, think tanks, or an institution — what made a difference and really advanced women. There is so much talk going on and so many different procedures and activities discussed, the women here who are leaders, we want to hear what they do that will work and what can they share with others.
— Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Women Political Leaders Global Forum