Across the world, women’s leadership and full participation in economies and societies are critical to driving a sustainable future. The diversity of the Americas may position the region to thrive in the coming years if it can accelerate gender equality and harness the power of its ethnic and cultural differences. Leadership is needed to recognise and respond to the different experiences of women across the Americas whose voices are silenced by poverty, racism, violence and injustice. We believe that women and men must unite to break this silence and free women of all backgrounds to thrive, living without fear for their safety in their workplaces and communities.
How are women of the Americas shaping the societies, economies and environments in which they live, work and increasingly lead? They will need to foster unity and build on it: forging stronger partnerships between the public and private sector to tackle social and environmental issues facing our world, restoring trust in governments’ ability to respond to humanity’s challenges, and finding new ways to broker peace within and across communities and nations.
The first ever Women’s Forum Americas 2019 gathered 1,500 leaders from across the region and the world to collaborate on the ways women’s leadership can bring about an era of inclusion fit for the modern world. It took place on 30-31 May 2019 in Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world and a critical economic centre for the region. Leaders from business, government, global institutions and NGOs convened to discuss how to unlock the potential of the Americas’ diversity and shape a future founded on sustainable and inclusive growth.
Highlights of Women’s Forum Americas included: