By Clara Gaymard, President, Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society
"With our pioneering spirit, our will to make a difference, and the invigorating atmosphere at each of our events, the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society is unique in the world. Our flagship Global Meeting in Deauville, France, and our various regional Women’s Forum meetings are places where the future is imagined through the will and the actions of women. For 12 years now, with the support of our delegates and our partner organizations, the Women’s Forum has been driven by the vision that empowered women are at the very core of a better society.
The Women’s Forum exists not only to draw attention to disparity and injustice but to consider how women – and men as well – can take action for the benefit of all members of society. Our objective at all of our Women’s Forum Meetings is to encourage discussion and exchange, to create a platform for expression, to allow women to hear and to be heard, to create connections and networks, to learn from each other and help each other. I am delighted to welcome you to Women’s Forum Mauritius, and to join you in gaining a better understanding of the effects of climate change and the urgent need for innovative solutions."
By Jacqueline Franjou, CEO, Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society
"When I first met H.E. Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, president of the Republic of Mauritius, I was impressed by her commitment to gender equity, to seeking peace between nations and religions, and by her vision for her country. And what an exceptional career! Known around the world as a biodiversity expert, she is the author of dozens of reference works and winner of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science prize. She grew up a Muslim, a minority religion in Mauritius, and in June 2015 was sworn in as the country’s first female president. She demonstrated her skills as both a scientist and as a leader at the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris last December.
My Women’s Forum team and I are honored to join President Gurib-Fakim in hosting this first-ever Women’s Forum Mauritius. We’ll focus on what needs to be done to mitigate the effects of climate change and to protect biodiversity, zeroing in on the specific challenges for Mauritius, for SIDS, and for Africa. But above all, this is an opportunity to make the kinds of connections and friendships that bridge the gaps between gender, generations and geography."