Office of the Spokesman
October 5, 2007
Women Leaders' Working Group Announces New Initiatives
On September 28, 2007, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnik co-hosted the third meeting of the Women Leaders' Working Group with women Ministers, Heads of State, Ambassadors, and CEOs to address political, economic, legal, and educational empowerment for women at the grassroots level.
Released on October 5, 2007
The Women Leaders' Working Group announced the following initiatives:
- Women in Kosovo ( Austria ): A special forum for women from Serbia and Kosovo to share experiences and network. November 2007, Vienna
- Global Action for Women's Justice ( USA ): Judges worldwide will address obstacles to women's access to justice. March 8, 2008, Washington , D.C.
- Meeting on Conflict and Security (EU): EU leaders will discuss conflict and security in areas such as energy and climate change. March 2008, Brussels
- Women in the Middle East ( Greece ): A forum to address challenges to empowerment faced by women in the Middle East . May 2008, Athens
- Colloquium on Women's Empowerment (Liberia/Finland): A conference promoting women in leadership positions in Africa . February 2009, Monrovia
The Women Leaders' Working Group proposed the following actions:
- To urge the Government of Burma/Myanmar to resume a path of dialogue and democracy and release Aung San Suu Kyi (statement released 9/28/2007).
- To submit, per the invitation of the UN Deputy Secretary-General, to the UN Secretary General the names of qualified women to serve in senior UN positions, particularly as Special Representatives of the Secretary-General and other senior positions in conflict and post-conflict areas. The Working Group will collaborate with the non-governmental organization Women in International Security to find qualified candidates.
- To assist women in post-conflict societies in Africa .
- To build upon/replicate the successful model of an all-women Indian peacekeeping/police force in Liberia .
- To support a conference on Women's Empowerment in Georgia .
- To address poverty reduction in Africa and Latin America through micro-finance and micro-credit models for women.
- To cooperate for enhanced strategies to combat trafficking in persons.
- To establish, particularly in rural areas, facilities where women can receive shelter from violence, as well as medical care, counseling, and job training.
- To improve women's political participation, particularly in the Middle East and South Asia , by increasing the number of successful women candidates seeking office.
- To co-author articles and policy pieces for publication in global media.
Participants in the Third Meeting of the Women Leaders' Working Group
Attending Ministers and Heads of State
||FM Meritxell Mateu|
||FM Ursula Plassnik|
||FM Dame Bille A. Miller|
||FM Lisa Shoman|
||FM Antoinette Batumubwira|
||FM Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic|
||FM Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis|
||EC Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner|
||Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia Nino Burjanadze|
||Deputy UN PermRep Alexandra Papadopoulou|
||FM Kinga Goncz|
||FM Ingibjorg Gisladottir|
||Minister of Women's Affairs Renuka Chowdhury|
||FM Tzipi Livni|
||FM King-Akerele (represented by Ambassador Minor)|
||FM Rita Kieber-Beck|
||FM Joyce Banda|
||FM Sahana Pradhan|
||FM Aichatou Mindaoudou|
||Min. of Higher Education Rawya bint Sa'ud Al Busaidi|
||President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo|
||FM Alberto Romulo|
||FM Anna Fotyga|
||Min. of Economy and Trade Sheikha Lubna al-Qassami|
||Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice|
||Minister for Human Rights Huda Al-Ban|
Co-Chairs of the Women's Empowerment Action Team
Claudia Fritsche, Liechtenstein 's Ambassador to the United States
Josefina Diakite, Angola 's Ambassador to the United States
Hunaina Al Mughairy, Oman 's Ambassador to the United States
Heng-Chee Chan, Singapore 's Ambassador to the United States
Ms. Shaista Mahmood, Philanthropist
Ms. Barbara Barrett, CEO, Triple Creek Ranch
Invited U.S. Civil Society and UN
DSYG Asha-Rose Mtengeti-Migiro
Ms. Rangina Hamidi, Founder of Kandahar Treasures
Ms. Mary Masterman, Intel Science Talent Search Winner
Ms. Elizabeth Smith, President, Avon
Ms. Kim Azzerelli, Vice President, Avon
Ms. Nannette Ahmed, United Nations, Program Officer, DPKO
Ms. Sang Silano, Program Analyst, UNICEF
Ms. Ann Moore, CEO, Time Incorporated
Under Secretary Karen Hughes
Amb. Shirin Tahir-Kheli