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UNESCO Gathered Female Leaders in Sofia

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Dozens of successful and word-changing women from four continents were in Bulgaria during the last days, taking part in the Global Women Leaders' Forum. The official guest's list included heads of governments, ministers, MEPs, leading representatives of international organizations, of science centers and universities, world famous politicians, business persons, scientists and media personalities.

The event was organized by the Council of the Women in the Business in Bulgaria with CEO Ms. Vanya Kaneva and by UNESCO under the patronage of the general director of the organization and official candidate of Bulgaria for next general secretary of the UN Ms. Irina Bokova. The forum's purpose was to outline the role of women in the contemporary social and economic life and to suggest steps for achievement real gender equality.

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh H.E. Sheikh Hasina delivered the keynote speech, and among the prominent participants were Ms. Esther Murugi Mathenge - former Minister of Gender Equality, Children and Welfare Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, MP and elected representative of Nyeri city; the famous Turkish journalist Ms. Gila Benmayor; the Pulitzer Prize winner for photojournalism Ms. Renée Byer; the sculptor and vice-president of the World Center of Women Artists in Amman, Jordan, Ms. Hedva Ser; the former prime minister of Senegal Ms. Aminata Touré; the president and co-founder of the Geneva Call organization Ms. Elisabeth Warner; the President of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO Ms. Ekaterini Tzitzikosta.

'We cannot achieve peace and sustainable development without women's equal rights. When women take equal share in the government of states and the management of the economy, the society, the countries and the world as a whole will be beneficiary', said Ms. Irina Bokova. She pointed out that the UN is aspiring to achieve equality and empowering of women which, by her words, are the two sides of the same coin.

The MEP from GERB/EPP Ms. Eva Paunova reminded that there still exist real differences in payment between genders: 'Only 7% of women re-negotiate their salaries by contrast with 57% of men. This is a clear example that empowering of women often depends of them own'. The average payment women receive in the world is 13% lower than men's. The difference between genders in pensions is even more drastic - in some cases women earn 40% less.

In this connection the former Prime Minister of Senegal Ms. Aminata Touré explained that the share of women in Senegal's Parliament rose from 20 to 48 percent. "This is because we adopted a law for the gender equality at elections. Without this law it would take us two centuries to achieve that', said Ms. Touré.

Dozens of successful and word-changing women from four continents were in Bulgaria during the last days, taking part in the Global Women Leaders' Forum. The official guest's list included heads of governments, ministers, MEPs, leading representatives of international organizations, of science centers and universities, world famous politicians, business persons, scientists and media personalities.

The event was organized by the Council of the Women in the Business in Bulgaria with CEO Ms. Vanya Kaneva and by UNESCO under the patronage of the general director of the organization and official candidate of Bulgaria for next general secretary of the UN Ms. Irina Bokova. The forum's purpose was to outline the role of women in the contemporary social and economic life and to suggest steps for achievement real gender equality.

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh H.E. Sheikh Hasina delivered the keynote speech, and among the prominent participants were Ms. Esther Murugi Mathenge - former Minister of Gender Equality, Children and Welfare Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, MP and elected representative of Nyeri city; the famous Turkish journalist Ms. Gila Benmayor; the Pulitzer Prize winner for photojournalism Ms. Renée Byer; the sculptor and vice-president of the World Center of Women Artists in Amman, Jordan, Ms. Hedva Ser; the former prime minister of Senegal Ms. Aminata Touré; the president and co-founder of the Geneva Call organization Ms. Elisabeth Warner; the President of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO Ms. Ekaterini Tzitzikosta.

'We cannot achieve peace and sustainable development without women's equal rights. When women take equal share in the government of states and the management of the economy, the society, the countries and the world as a whole will be beneficiary', said Ms. Irina Bokova. She pointed out that the UN is aspiring to achieve equality and empowering of women which, by her words, are the two sides of the same coin.

The MEP from GERB/EPP Ms. Eva Paunova reminded that there still exist real differences in payment between genders: 'Only 7% of women re-negotiate their salaries by contrast with 57% of men. This is a clear example that empowering of women often depends of them own'. The average payment women receive in the world is 13% lower than men's. The difference between genders in pensions is even more drastic - in some cases women earn 40% less.

In this connection the former Prime Minister of Senegal Ms. Aminata Touré explained that the share of women in Senegal's Parliament rose from 20 to 48 percent. "This is because we adopted a law for the gender equality at elections. Without this law it would take us two centuries to achieve that', said Ms. Touré.

Dozens of successful and word-changing women from four continents were in Bulgaria during the last days, taking part in the Global Women Leaders' Forum. The official guest's list included heads of governments, ministers, MEPs, leading representatives of international organizations, of science centers and universities, world famous politicians, business persons, scientists and media personalities.

The event was organized by the Council of the Women in the Business in Bulgaria with CEO Ms. Vanya Kaneva and by UNESCO under the patronage of the general director of the organization and official candidate of Bulgaria for next general secretary of the UN Ms. Irina Bokova. The forum's purpose was to outline the role of women in the contemporary social and economic life and to suggest steps for achievement real gender equality.

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh H.E. Sheikh Hasina delivered the keynote speech, and among the prominent participants were Ms. Esther Murugi Mathenge - former Minister of Gender Equality, Children and Welfare Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, MP and elected representative of Nyeri city; the famous Turkish journalist Ms. Gila Benmayor; the Pulitzer Prize winner for photojournalism Ms. Renée Byer; the sculptor and vice-president of the World Center of Women Artists in Amman, Jordan, Ms. Hedva Ser; the former prime minister of Senegal Ms. Aminata Touré; the president and co-founder of the Geneva Call organization Ms. Elisabeth Warner; the President of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO Ms. Ekaterini Tzitzikosta.

'We cannot achieve peace and sustainable development without women's equal rights. When women take equal share in the government of states and the management of the economy, the society, the countries and the world as a whole will be beneficiary', said Ms. Irina Bokova. She pointed out that the UN is aspiring to achieve equality and empowering of women which, by her words, are the two sides of the same coin.

The MEP from GERB/EPP Ms. Eva Paunova reminded that there still exist real differences in payment between genders: 'Only 7% of women re-negotiate their salaries by contrast with 57% of men. This is a clear example that empowering of women often depends of them own'. The average payment women receive in the world is 13% lower than men's. The difference between genders in pensions is even more drastic - in some cases women earn 40% less.

In this connection the former Prime Minister of Senegal Ms. Aminata Touré explained that the share of women in Senegal's Parliament rose from 20 to 48 percent. "This is because we adopted a law for the gender equality at elections. Without this law it would take us two centuries to achieve that', said Ms. Touré.

 

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