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    Lifting Liberia, Lifting the World


    International Trade Forum - Issue 3-4/2008 

    In many nations, the fight against poverty is both an ethical issue and a security imperative. Women leaders are convening in Liberia to commit to action to empower women at all levels to become effective leaders as it contributes to peace and international security - the precondition for development and poverty reduction.

    Leading the way: the Liberia colloquium

    Women leaders will meet at an International Colloquium on Women's Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security in Liberia's capital, Monrovia, on 7-8 March 2009. It will be co-convened by Liberian and Finnish Presidents, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Tarja Halonen, in concert with Pan African Parliamentarians and supported, among others, by the Council of Women World Leaders.  

    Bringing together several former and present female heads of state, as well as women leaders from all realms of society including from the private sector, NGOs and international institutions, the colloquium will focus on establishing ties across borders and between markets, exchange good practices and innovative ideas and commit to action to empower women at all levels to become effective leaders. The colloquium aims to establish a foundation for increased global security through access to opportunities and resources for women around the world.

    Women leaders have risen to positions of influence in government, multi-lateral institutions, the private sector and civil society, where they can increasingly shape approaches to and priorities of international security - the precondition for development. Recognizing that extreme poverty undermines democratic processes and good governance, depletes resources and increases the desperation of individuals and communities who believe they have a stake in a stable economy and government, the colloquium will offer women leaders the opportunity to come together, realize their own potential and give those who feel they are without options an alternative to fighting.

    Seven key themes will be addressed: United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security; leadership and networks; Millennium Development Goal three, to promote gender equality and empower women; economic empowerment and decent work; the impact of climate change; youth; and migration.

    ITC strongly supports the colloquium and is contributing several events under the theme of Economic Empowerment and Decent Work. Focusing on women's leadership in business and trade, one of the colloquium panels will gather ministers, businesswomen and experts in international trade around the same table and share business experiences and innovative ideas on how to unlock women's export potential for trade and development gains. The colloquium will also feature side events such as project visits, information stands, performances and workshops.

    For more informations see:http://womenscolloquium.org/