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Breakthrough Barriers: Women in the Public Sphere

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Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

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Event Details

The Women in Public Service Project and Women@TheTable Present:


In Geneva on 1 & 2 March 2017, sitting women legislators, judges, Ministers, and Mayors from around the globe convened for a transnational conversation to discuss gender parity in public service, and the solutions to implement gender parity with impact across sectors, silos, and regions.

Candid dialogue on how to  breakthrough barriers supplied the connections between leaders to promote collaboration and catalytic action. One of the highlights of the event was the scope of expertise of the participants coupled with the geographic and generational range of the leaders involved.

On 2 March, a day of private discussion involved small working groups organized by sector focusing on critical themes, led by globally recognized women leaders recently in office: Dr. Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi and Wilson Center Distinguished Fellow; Hina Jilani, Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan; and Melanne Verveer, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and Former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.

The event concluded with a public panel entitled "Gender Parity: A Global Reality Check." Our high-level facilitators and select participants will discussed the key findings of the day-long conference and the future of gender parity globally. The conversation was moderated by Philippe Burrin, Director of the Graduate Institute Geneva.


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