Events

WIP Annual Summit 2013

The inaugural “WIP Annual Summit” was the first time in history that all female Parliamentarians in the world were invited to gather in a unique conference in Brussels. Around 600 participants from more than 100 countries came together, which made the WIP Annual Summit an unprecedented occasion to discuss the issues on the Global Agenda from the perspective of female political leaders. Issues that were being addressed reached from “financial markets steered by women” to “women working together in the fight against corruption”.

An outstanding selection of speakers contributed to the Keynote presentations, the five Interactive Plenary Debates, the WIP Award Ceremonies and the Working Groups, including several Nobel Prize Winners, Heads of Government, European Commissioners, Ministers, Academics and high profile representatives of the Civil Society and Philanthropy. The event was co-hosted by the European Parliament and international partners like the UN Development Programme and UN Women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Transparency International, the World Economic Forum and the World Bank contributed Working Groups to the programme. Please find the programme online.

Background information:

120 years ago, on the 28th of November 1893, 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 Global Forum (WIP) hosted its annual summit in the European Parliament. WIP’s mission is to advance society by using the collective strength and ability of over 9000 female Parliamentarians across the world.

The cornerstones of the summit were:

  • High-level keynote speeches
  • Panel debates / interactive plenary sessions
  • Working groups
  • Award ceremonies to honour countries for leadership in closing the gender gap
  • Townhall meeting
  • Networking opportunities

The issues include:

  • Reshaping society through female leadership
  • Be the change you wish to see in the world
  • Reverse reality – what if: ‘Lehman Sisters’ or the sisterhood ran G20 and big business
  • The mother of female empowerment: peace, security and the integrity of the person
  • All men are created equal. So are women. Bridging societal gaps
  • Moving beyond numbers – the impact of elected women in Parliaments
  • Working together in the ! ght against corruption
  • How can Parliaments deliver on gender equality
  • The role of academics and women’s colleges in shaping the world’s future female leaders
  • Use of technology and women’s political participation

The working groups were organized in cooperation with international partners, such as:

  • UN Development Programme and UN Women
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union
  • EY and Transparency International
  • World Bank
  • iKNOW Politics and the National Democratic Institute

 

Programme/

The WIP Annual Summit 2013 will also marked the historic anniversary of 120 years of women’s suffrage. On the 28 November 1893, the women of New Zealand became the first in the world to vote in a national election!

The cornerstones of the WIP Annual Summit were:

  • High-level keynote speeches
  • Panel debates / interactive plenary sessions
  • Working Groups
  • Award ceremonies to honour countries for leadership in closing the gender gap
  • Townhall meeting
  • Networking opportunities

The issues that were addressed included:

  • Reshaping society through female leadership
  • Be the change you wish to see in the world
  • Reverse reality – what if: ‘Lehman Sisters’ or the sisterhood ran G20 and big business
  • The mother of female empowerment: peace, security and the integrity of the person
  • All men are created equal. So are women. Bridging societal gaps
  • Moving beyond numbers – the impact of elected women in Parliaments
  • Corruption – killing progress
  • How can Parliaments deliver on gender equality
  • Gender studies in academics
  • The Global Gender Gap Report 2013

The Working Groups were organized in cooperation with international partners, such as:

  • UN Development Programme and UN Women
  • Inter-Parliamentary Union
  • Transparency International and Ernst & Young
  • World Economic Forum
  • World Bank

The WIP Annual Summit 2013 was a memorable occasion, bringing together female Parliamentarians from across the globe in the spirit of advancing society.

P.S. As we have launched our Social Media campaign recently, we would like to encourage you to follow us on Twitter @WIPGlobalForum and like our Facebook page to stay up to date on news regarding the WIP Annual Summit 2013, and to engage in discussions online. Support us by spreading our message about the significance of WIP using #WIPSummit2013 and #advancingsociety.

Practical informations

Venues

European ParliamentRue Wiertz 60Brussels 1047Museum of Art and History (Musée Royaux d’Art et d’Histoire)Parc du Cinquantenaire 101000 Brussels BozarCentre for fine ArtsRue Ravenstein 23

Dresscode and Seating Arrangements

Conference: Dresscode Business Casual. Priority seating will be given to Members of Parliament.

Gala Dinner: Dresscode Business Casual. Please be aware that participation in the Gala Dinner is only possible with the invitation card handed to you at the accreditation on Wednesday. You are free to choose your table at the Gala Dinner.

Reception hosted by the President of the Senate of Belgium: Dresscode Business Casual.

Festival of Cultures: Appearance in your traditional clothing from your home countries would be very much appreciated, as this event is supposed to celebrate all the cultures getting together at the WIP Annual Summit 2013.

Transport

Transport will be provided from the European Parliament to the evening venues. All other transport has to be arranged by yourself.

Emergency Numbers

European Parliament 24-Hour Emergency security hotline +32 (0)2 284 35 05

Ambulance/Fire Service/Police: 112

Urgent police assistance: 101

Taxi

Autolux: +32 (0)2 411 41 42 or +32 (0)2 512 31 23, www.autolux.be

Taxi Vert: +32 (0)2 349 49 49, www.taxiverts.be

Taxi Bleu: +32 (0)2 268 00 00, www.taxibleus.be

Media

The WIP Annual Summit is open to the media. Keynotes and Panel Discussions will be webstreamed.

 

Participants

Invitations to the WIP Annual Summit have been sent to all female Parliamentarians around the world.

Participants came from more than 100 countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • European Parliament
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Maledives
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • New Zealand
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Republic of Congo
  • Republic of Korea
  • Republic of Macedonia
  • Republic of Moldova
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Sweden
  • Syria
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States of America
  • Zambia

FAQ

Please find below answers to the most frequently asked questions, which might be helpful in the preparation of your participance of the Women in Parliaments (WIP) Annual Summit 2013.

Who will be the participants of the WIP Summit?

The participants are female Members of national Parliaments from all over the world.

Is the Women in Parliaments Global Forum able to provide any financial assistance for participants interested in attending?

As WIP is a not-for-profit foundation, we hope you understand that, despite our best efforts, we are unfortunately not in a position to cover travel and accommodation expenses at this moment.

Are there any registration fees?

There are no registration fees.

Who will be paying for travel and accommodation costs?

Travel and accommodation costs should be covered by theParliamentarians. However, Brussels Airlines is the official carrier of the WIP Annual Summit 2013 and offers special fares for participants at up to a 20% discount. WIP will also provide booking assistance in cooperation with 10 hotels in Brussels. We have secured block bookings for hotel rooms at rates exclusive to the participants of the WIP Annual Summit. To take advantage of these discounts,  please send an e-mail to summit2013@wip-gf.net.

What is the official language of the Summit?

The official language of the Conference is English.

Will there be any translations available?

Translations in French and Spanish will be provided.

Would you be able to provide assistance for any visa requirements?

WIP will provide all the assistance you need for your Visa requirements. If you need a visa to attend the WIP Annual Summit in Brussels, Belgium, you need to follow the normal/regular visa application procedure in your country.
1. In addition, if deemed helpful, WIP and the European Parliament are glad to be of further assistance by sending a Verbal Note to the respective Embassy.
2. In order to produce such a Verbal Note, please provide us with the following details:
I. Copy of the passport OR full name (as written in your passport), date of birth and nationality.
II. Address of the Embassy where the visa application will/was submitted.
3. Please also provide us with the address of the Embassy where the visa application will/has been submitted and we will take care that a Verbal Note will be issued to support your visa application.

Invited and confirmed speakers

Irene Naa Torshie Addo

Member of the Parliament of Ghana

Roberta Angelilli

Vice-President of the European Parliament

Catherine Ashton

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy

Jörg Asmussen

Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank

Nino Burjanadze

Former acting President of Georgia and Speaker of the Georgian Parliament

Zainab Bangura

Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Kathy Calvin

President and CEO of the UN Foundation

Margaret Chan

Director-General of the World Health Organization

Yoon-Sun Cho

Minister of Gender Equality and Family of the Republic of Korea

Ertharin Cousin

Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme

Sabine de Bethune

President of the Senate of Belgium

Isabelle Durant

Vice-President of the European Parliament

Amanda Ellis

Permanent Representative for the United Nations

Benita Ferrero-Waldner

President of the EU-LAC Foundation

Dalia Grybauskaite

President of Lithuania

Zita Gurmai

Member of the European Parliament

Mikael Gustafsson

Chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament

Mo Ibrahim

Founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

Sophie in ‘t Veld

Member of the European Parliament

Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga

Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda

Mari Kiviniemi

OECD Deputy Secretary General and former Prime Minister of Finland

Silvana Koch-Mehrin

Founder of WIP. Former Vice-President of the European Parliament

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Minister of the Interior Iceland

Neelie Kroes

Vice-President of the European Commission

Joyce Laboso

Deputy Speaker of the Kenya National Assembly

Pascal Lamy

former Director General of the World Trade Organisation

Virginija Langbakk

Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality

Loren B. Legarda

Member of the Senate of the Philippines

Donatille Mukabalisa

Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of Rwanda

Anni Podimata

Vice-President of the European Parliament

Viviane Reding

Vice-President of the European Commission

Habiba Sadat

Member of the House of the People of Afghanistan

Uschi Schreiber

Global Markets Leader and Global Government and Public Sector Leader at Ernst & Young

Martin Schulz

President of the European Parliament

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

Former Prime Minister of Iceland

Portia Simpson-Miller

Prime Minister of Jamaica

Dubravka Šuica

Member of the European Parliament

Halla Tómasdóttir

Founder & Lead Partner Sisters Capital

Tea Tsulukiani

Minister of Justice of Georgia

Sylvianne Valmont

Member of the National Assembly of Seychelles

Jody Williams

Chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Malala Yousafzai

Campaigner for girls’ education

Saadia Zahidi

Senior Director at the World Economic Forum