It was on 28 November, 1893, that the women of New Zealand became the first in the world to vote in a national election. To mark this milestone, the Women in Parliaments (WIP) Global Forum meets on 27-29 November 2013 in Brussels, hosted by the European Parliament. High-level politicians from all around the world, Nobel Prize winners, activists and opinion leaders will discuss how female leadership can bring change to politics and society.
The Women In Parliaments Summit brings together female members of parliament, high-profile politicians and activists from around the world to discuss global issues from the perspective of female political leaders.
To further encourage female participation at the very top and reward those who strive to achieve it, the summit will also honour countries that are seen as having taken effective action to close the gender gap. WIP conference participants include Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia; Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica; Tarja Halonen, former president of Finland; European Commission vice presidents Viviane Reding and Neelie Kroes as well as the European Parliament vice-presidents Roberta Angelilli, Anni Podimata and Isabelle Durant.
This forum is being streamed live! Click here to go the site where you can follow the discussions live.
SOURCE: European Parliament, Nov. 26 2013: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-room/content/20131126STO26225/html/120-years-later-Parliament-celebrates-Women-in-Parliament