The Women in Foreign Policy Program

Women in Foreign Policy Symposium

The Women in Foreign Policy symposium, held on December 5, 2017, features three panels of leading experts in discussion on global women’s issues. Panelists analyze the status of women worldwide and evaluate their contributions to governance, economic growth, and conflict prevention and resolution. The symposium commemorates the fifteenth anniversary of the Women and Foreign Policy program at the Council on Foreign Relations. Video and transcript from this event can be viewed below.  This symposium is made possible through the generous support of the Women and Foreign Policy Program Advisory Council.

Session I: A Conversation With Fatou Bensouda

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In this keynote session, Fatou Bensouda and Debora L. Spar discuss global women’s issues and assess progress. This video also features introductory remarks by Richard N. Haass and Rachel B. Vogelstein. 

Session II: The Status of Women in the Economy

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In this session, Heidi Crebo-Rediker, Tom Nides, Lareina Yee and Isobel Coleman discuss the relationship between women and economic growth and propose policy reforms to spur economic progress by elevating women’s labor force participation around the world.

Session III: Women’s Contributions to Conflict Prevention and Resolution

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In this final session, Liliana Ayalde, Nancy Lindborg, Sarah Sewall, Karen J. Greenberg and Admiral Kurt Tidd review lessons from conflict situations and provide recommendations on addressing state fragility by advancing women’s roles in conflict prevention and peace building. Admiral Kurt Tidd and Liliana Ayalde join the panel via videoconference. 

Rachel B. Vogelstein giving opening remarks
Rachel B. Vogelstein giving opening remarks
Symposium question
Symposium question
Attendees at the symposium
Attendees at the symposium
Symposium audience
Symposium audience
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