announces new agency for women
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Tuesday
announced a new agency - c - headed by former Chilean
president Michelle Bachelet, to oversee all programmes aimed at
promoting equality for women.
"Ms. Bachelet brings to this critical
Pledging commitment to transforming the lives of women and helping
them become self-sustainable in their communities, a three-day
women's training and leadership summit opened in the capital
The summit, "Vital Voices of Asia: Women's Leadership and Training
Summit" organised by Vital Voices Global Partnership, a non-profit organisation, has brought together power women like retired Indian
super cop Kiran Bedi, Usha Thorat, vice-president of the Reserve
Bank of India; Bharti Gupta Ramola, executive director of
PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Fernanda Borges, leader of the
National Unity Party, among others.
The conference opened at the Taj Palace hotel with an address by
American ambassador to India Timothy J. Romer; Melanne Verveer,
ambassador at large for Global Women's Issues and a recorded
message from US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, the founder
of Vital Voices.
The summit will discuss issues like "Leadership Potential of
Women: Tapping the Extraordinary Potential of Women", "Investing
in Women as Sustained Economic Growth", "Women's Marketplace in
Asia" and "A Roundtable To Commemorate the 15th anniversary of the
4th UN Conference On Women".
A play "Seven", to be staged Friday, will present stories of
women's courage from across the world.
Vital Voices Global Partnership is at the forefront of
international coalitions to combat human trafficking and other
forms of violence against women and girls.
"We enable women to become change agents in their governments,
advocates for social justice and supporters of democracy against
women and girls. We equip women with management, business
development, marketing and communications skills to expand their
enterprises, help provide for their families and create jobs in
their communities," a spokesperson for the organisation said.
The organisation with 1,000 partners, experts and leaders,
including senior government, corporate and NGO executives, has
trained and mentored more than 8,000 emerging women leaders from
over 127 countries worldwide.