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Title: International Women Leaders Global Security Summit

International Women Leaders Global Security
  • November 15-17, 2007
  • New York, New York

A project of
In partnership with
The Essential Leadership of Women
  • Electing and appointing women into positions of
    leadership is essential to changing the face of
  • Women leaders represent experience from
    nontraditional paths of power.

Key Summit Themes
  • Real security means utilizing all available
  • Real security means strengthening existing
    mechanisms of accountability.
  • Womens empowerment leads to increased security
    for all.
  • Human and state security must be integrated in
    order to achieve a more secure world.

Existing Tools Maintaining International Peace
  • United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325
  • The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
    Discrimination Against Women
  • The Responsibility to Protect
  • International Humanitarian Law (e.g., the Geneva

Maintaining International Peace Security
  • The United Nations
  • The World Bank/IMF
  • NATO
  • The European Union
  • The African Union
  • The Organization of American States
  • The Association of Southeast Asian Nations

Empowering Women Achieving Lasting Peace and
  • The empowerment of women will lead to increased
    security for all.
  • Eliminating social, cultural, political and
    economic discrimination against women is a
    prerequisite for sustainable security.
  • Millions of women and girls confront threats
    daily to their security in both the public and
    private sphere.

Human State Security
  • States must protect not only their borders, but
    also their people.

Security Threats Where Women Leaders Can Make a
Big Impact
  • Climate Change
  • Responsibility to Protect
  • Economics of Insecurity
  • Preventing Terrorism(s)

Summit Theme 1 Climate Change
  • Climate change is a major challenge to the
    security and survival of humankind in the 21st
  • Climate change could exacerbate existing
    environmental crises, such as drought, water
    scarcity, conflicts over land and floods, and may
    also trigger massive migrations.
  • Climate change disproportionately affects those
    already living precarious lives.

Decreasing the Impact of Climate
Change Contributions of Summit Participants
  • Increase the number of women in leadership
    positions and gain additional support for
    infrastructure building and creative strategies
    to overcome negative environmental impact.
  • Integrate human, gender and environmental
    security approaches.

Summit Theme 2 The Responsibility to Protect
  • New international norm
  • Referred to as R2P
  • Encompasses to states obligations toward their
    populations and all populations at risk of
    genocide or large-scale atrocities

Enforcing the Norm Contributions of Summit
  • Continue raising awareness of the
    disproportionate impact of conflict on women and
  • Increase R2P champions worldwide

Summit Theme 3 Economics of Insecurity
  • Half the world's population lives on less than 2
    a day.
  • 1.8 billion of these people live on less than 1
    a day.
  • 70 percent of those 1.8 billion are women.
  • 340 million women around the world are not
    expected to survive to age 40.
  • 35,000 children die each day of preventable
  • One-fifth of the worlds people experience severe
    poverty and an additional half live in a chronic
    state of poverty and daily insecurity

Reducing the Impact of Insecurity Contributions
of Summit Participants
  • Articulate alternative policy visions
  • Play strategic roles in developing strategies and
    mechanisms needed to move beyond the Millennium
    Development Goals (MDGs) and pro-poor economic

Summit Theme 4 Preventing Terrorism(s)
  • Social, political and economic disenfranchisement
    may be exacerbated by globalization.
  • The prevailing approach to counter-terrorism has
    produced heightened political tensions within and
    across societies, has renewed and perpetuated
    armed conflict and has contributed to widespread
    human suffering.

Transforming Perceptions, Priorities and
Alliances Contributions of Summit Participants
  • Womens leadership should be mobilized to help
    ensure a more holistic and inclusive approach to
    address the threats of terrorism.

Outcomes Commitments
  • Members of the Summit community are working to
    incorporate the goals and objectives of the
    Summit into their current work, pursue the
    commitments they have already made and continue
    to make new commitments.

Track II Diplomacy
  • A Roundtable Discussion
  • Galvanize women leaders and stakeholder
  • Create an informal association of like-minded
    and energetic leaders with the ability and
    opportunity to respond to crises and potential
    crisis situations
  • Facilitate an in-depth analysis and discussion
    of how women diplomats work toward building
    sustainable, durable peace and security

Call to Action
  • Our different cultures and backgrounds are
    unified by our common sense of urgency and shared
    resolve to ensure that all people may live free
    from fear and want.  We commit to supporting
    effective policies that increase human and state
    security and challenge affronts to both.

Call to Action
  • As of March 2008, more than 230 leaders have
    signed on.
  • More than a dozen websites have featured the Call
    to Action.
  • To sign on to the Call to Action visit

Situation in Kenya
  • The Summit community reconnected when asked by a
    Summit member to follow closely the developing
    situation in Kenya.
  • For more information or to connect with the women
    leaders working in Kenya, contact Michelle
    Bologna at

2009 International Colloquium Womens
Empowerment, Leadership Development,
International Peace and Security
  • Empowering women at various levels to become
    effective leaders.
  • http//
  • March 7-8, 2009
  • Monrovia, Liberia

Why Women Leaders?
  • Women leaders must
  • Take advantage of and improve existing
    infrastructure of mechanisms for accountability.
  • Enhance women's voices and be more proactive and
    effective when working with the media to reframe
    the security debate.
  • Coordinate their efforts to make better use of
    and improve existing hubs of information
    gathering, analysis, messaging and action.

For more information, to sign the Call to Action
and to add your commitment to bringing about a
more secure and just world, please visit