Women Leaders in Power: Rising to 50x50

Time and Place

Vancouver International Conference Center Room 215-216

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Event Details

The expert roundtable seeks to bring together representatives from a number of key countries to share learning and identify joint action and opportunities for cooperation to accelerate female leadership in public administrations. This is an action-oriented roundtable that seeks to create collaboration between the organizations and agencies present.

From a broader perspective, the objective of the side-event is to identify ways to strengthen women's   participation in public service, particularly in leadership positions in sectors and ministries where female leadership is traditionally underrepresented such as finance, infrastructure and communication. The key questions we will discuss include: Why have some administrations, such as the Finnish public administration, been successful in promoting female leadership? Why are women so under-represented in sectors such as such as finance and defence? How can we get more women into these jobs?

Elina Kalkku, Under-Secretary of State, Finland


Discussion moderated by r

Gwen Young, Director, Women in Public Service Project, Wilson Center



Julia Gillard

Former Prime Minister of Australia, Chair, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College


Hina Jilani

Member of the Elders, Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan


Elina Kalkku

Under-Secretary of State, Finland


Raquel Lagunas

Senior Policy Advisor on Gender Mainstreaming for the United Nations Development Project


Nahla Valji

Senior Gender Adviser for the Executive Office of the Secretary General of the United Nations