Paris, November 8, 2021 – The Women’s Forum 2021 will take place this year from November 15th to 19th, with a four-day programme of online and in- person conferences at the Carrousel du Louvre on Friday, November 19th.
For its comeback, the Women’s Forum has decided to reorient the priorities of its organisation to respond quickly and strongly to the dramatic consequences of the pandemic on gender equality. These two years of crisis have set back the fight by 36 years. There is an urgent need to intervene and the ambition of this edition is to bring together the ideas, energies and strengths of everyone to catch up in the race for equality.
In order to open up the discussion to all generations, 10,000 young people were invited for the first time to participate to the event (virtually and 100 in person). This living force, from all over the world, will participate in building a fairer world by launching calls for concrete actions.
Speakers with incredible backgrounds
This Global Meeting will bring together 93 speakers of over 100 nationalities in 22 plenary sessions and 8 short sessions.
Coming from different and complementary backgrounds, their words will intersect within the framework of the Women’s Forum to bring out proposals and solutions that will allow us to move the lines.
– Politicians such as Halimah Yacob, President of Singapore, Elisabeth Moreno, Minister for Equality between Women and Men, Diversity and Equal Opportunities, tech figures such as Sara Clemens, COO of Twitch, Maurice Lévy, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, Thomas Buberl, CEO of AXA, Rumman Chowdhury, Director of Ethical Issues in Machine Learning at Twitter, activists such as Vanessa Nakate, of the Rise Up Movement Africa, Atti Worku, Co-CEO of the African Visionary Fund, Bernard Gavgani, CIO of BNP Paribas, Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace Worldwide, Blessing Omawku, Executive Director of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, LaTosha Brown, Founder of Black Voters Matter, or from the corporate side, with a virtuous perspective, such as Alexandra Palt, CSR Director of L’Oréal, will all be part of this priority fight.
“We are proud and honoured to host this year’s panel of incredible individuals who are true role models and who dedicate their lives to transforming the lives of others. All of these inspiring personalities are fighting to make our world a better, more inclusive and more equal place, and seeing them gathered at the Women’s Forum makes me believe, now more than ever, in the possibility of such a future,” says Audrey Tcherkoff, Managing Director of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society.
A rich programme covering the societal issues that are most likely to cause inequality:
This year’s Global Meeting will be organised around four major societal themes in which women’s action and leadership must be valued:
– The opening day will be dedicated to the climate, with numerous online conferences focusing on a greener and more responsible future that includes women and men in this common future. Jennifer Morgan – Executive Director, Greenpeace will open this session.
– Tuesday 16 November will be dedicated to tech and innovation with a programme to promote access to STEM education for young women. The round table Fighting hate with love: deploying AI as an instrument of inclusion will be accessible at 16:45.
– On Wednesday 17 November, the focus will be on health. The pandemic has been a major topic over the past 18 months, highlighting gender inequalities. Discussions and solutions for equal access to health care will be at the heart of the programme. The round table Connecting the dots: women’s health through the life-course will be held at 16.00.
– On Thursday 18 November, women’s entrepreneurship will be celebrated. Women leaders and entrepreneurs will come to defend an egalitarian society synonymous with economic growth with the conference Life lessons: a conversation on leadership, purpose and inclusion at 18:30
– Finally, on Friday 19 November, all these major social issues will be highlighted at the Carrousel du Louvre. This will be an opportunity to take stock of the concrete transformations that we can all carry out for the good of humanity. Climate activist Anuna de Wever, feminist influencer Camille Aumont Carnel, Maurice Lévy and Diane von Furstenberg will open the day at 8.40am.
The week of the Global Meeting will be an opportunity to transform words into strong actions through initiatives aiming to bring solutions to the problems raised:
– WomenEntrepreneurs4Good on Friday 19 November in plenary from 5.40pm to 5.50pm: As part of the Daring Circle Women4Business, the Women’s Forum, in partnership with Procter&Gamble and HEC Paris, launched last March WomenEntrepreneurs4Good, an initiative designed to encourage female creativity and entrepreneurship in Europe, through an annual startup acceleration programme, which supports 9 projects led by women with high potential ideas in France, Germany and Italy, aiming to provide them with unique resources and skills to innovate and grow their businesses as part of the European Green Deal strategy. The programme aims to double the number of women entrepreneurs supported, with a view to sustainability, coaching and geographical outreach, to extend beyond Europe.
– ClimateAction partnership with ClimateSeed: The Women’s Forum is committed to fighting climate change by measuring and reducing its emissions and contributing to carbon reduction projects with gender equality co-benefits. This commitment will cover all emissions generated by the Women’s Forum’s activities throughout the year to reach a net zero level.In collaboration with ClimateSeed, the Women’s Forum has selected three emissions reduction projects to be supported for all Women’s Forum events in 2021. The three projects, from three countries (Kenya, Romania, Guatemala) all contribute to the achievement of MDG 5 (gender equality) through the support and empowerment of women in local communities.
About the Women’s Forum: The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, a subsidiary of Publicis Groupe, is a leading international platform dedicated to bringing women’s voices to bear on the major global economic, environmental, social and societal issues that affect all of humanity. Based in Paris, France, the Women’s Forum promotes women’s leadership and progress throughout the year with a series of initiatives such as Daring Circles, CEO Champions and Rising Talents, in partnership with corporate, institutional and academic partners, researchers, scientists, experts and non-governmental organisations.