HerPower: Women’s Voices. Global Impact.
October 15, 2019 | Washington, DC
Foreign Policy’s inaugural global women’s summit brought together leading voices, unsung heroines and innovative trailblazers in international policy and business. Stay tuned for updates on HerPower 2020!
Highlighting female change agents, the program explored gender equity as a catalyzing force for stronger democracies, economies and communities. Our sessions featured inspiring stories by high-powered female leaders and provided tangible guideposts for combating the structural barriers that constrain the potential of women and girls around the world.
The summit was co-hosted in partnership with the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) as well as the Inter American Task Force on Women’s Leadership and the International Monetary Fund, bringing together a diverse network of agencies and organizations to advance decisive action and meaningful change for gender parity and women’s leadership. View our photo gallery here.
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We’ll share a sneak peek at our flagship Her Power research project: A new FP Analytics Special Report takes an in-depth look at how women are faring in foreign-policy-focused US government agencies. The analysis provides a consolidated review of gender distribution, professional opportunities, and representation in leadership. The data is brought to life and enriched by interviews and focus groups with current and former USG employees shedding light on both remaining challenges and paths forward.
A panel of leading women policy makers and leaders in international relations will address the state of women in government and efforts underway to promote women’s political participation and transformative leadership - from a structural and policy point of view and in terms of grassroots engagement and capacity-building.
This session will explore inclusive finance and other strategies for women’s economic empowerment as a catalyst for poverty alleviation and key to achieving sustainable development. Globally, economic empowerment is also fundamental to securing women’s political and civil rights and therefore crucial to realizing the benefits of gender equity. Our panel will discuss promising efforts underway to unlock capital for women entrepreneurs and break down other barriers to women’s economic empowerment.
Nadia Murad, Yazidi Human Rights Activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, in conversation with Sarah O'Hagan, Chair of the Board of Directors, Fuller Project for International Reporting
Spotlight on the Inter-American Taskforce of Women and their efforts to cultivate a mentorship culture and introduction of our “mentors’ luncheon” program.
Lunch table discussions to share inspirational stories, leadership efforts and lessons learned from the front lines of the fight for gender equity. Each table conversation will be led by a designated mentor representing leading women from a cross section of fields and issue areas.
Movie preview and Q&A with Swati Bhise, Writer, Director and Producer of THE WARRIOR QUEEN OF JHANSI and CEO of Cayenne Pepper Productions
This session will examine the positive impact of women across traditionally male- dominated industries. What factors facilitate women’s access into those sectors and how does gender parity affect the organizational performance and societal benefits of those businesses?
Three lightning talks presented by young women activists who are making their voices heard in their communities and are driving momentum for change on key global challenges.
The Summit will conclude with a brief review of some of the main takeaways and insights from the day’s discussions, along with a look ahead, pointing at practical strategies and chair’s statement to achieve meaningful progress on gender equity and the promotion of women’s leadership and empowerment in politics, business and civil society.
One-on-One Conversation with Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the IMF, moderated by Ravi Agrawal, Managing Editor of Foreign Policy Magazine.
Generation Z - Finding its Voice, Opening Remarks by Kristalina Georgieva, 1:1 with Sabina Bhatia, Deputy Secretary, IMF & Natasha Mwansa, a leading advocate for youth and women in Africa.