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Month: June 2019

The W20 2019 Tokyo Summit

Every year G20 is hosted by one country and this year the presidency of the G20 resides with Japan. The G20 Leaders’ Summit shall take place on June 28 and 29, 2019 in Osaka, Japan. The Summit for the women outreach group of the G20, W20 – Women 20 was held in Tokyo on March 22 and 24, 2019. In Japan Sakura is a special festivity to welcome spring. Sakura has two special meanings, one is cherry blossom that make the cherry trees pink, giving everybody fresh and happy spring welcoming. Secondly, it also represents – a culture of re-born, where the blossoms that are born at the end of March very quickly turn into cherry – the new beginnings. The financial and university calendars in Japan get their inspiration from these blossoms. The W20 meeting was held at Sakura time, which is also kind of sacred time for Japan.…

Asian Leadership Conference held in Seoul, South Korea by ChosunMedia the Chosunilbo on May 14-15, 2019

I was a speaker at the Asian Leadership Conference. I was delighted to be there. Almost every speaker I had a chance to listen said the same thing. They were happy to be there, and I believe it was not a cliché, but people were happy to be in Seoul. There was an interested, respectful and sincere audience listening to the speakers wholeheartedly. I found the conference to be very valuable to the community in Korea. To listen to what is happening in G20 and W20- Women 20 the audience looked happy. The timing was in due course as the Korean Presidency of G20 took place in 2010, just before many Prime Ministers and influential people started declaring that they are feminists and further two W20 conferences were held in the neighborhood of Korea, the W20 Xi’an Summit in China in 2016 and the W20 Tokyo Summit in Japan in…

Feminist Visions for G7 – Ottowa 2018

We are a group of 60+ feminists from Canada, G7 countries and around the world. We represent feminist organizations and activists working on a cross-section of issues to address discrimination and inequalities on the basis of gender and other intersecting factors. We are at the frontline of resistance and progress on issues ranging from climate change to gender-based violence, from child care to foreign policy. We’ve come together to establish a feminist vision for the 2018 G7 and beyond. Two G7 leaders have publicly declared themselves feminists, identifying gender equality as a priority for their foreign and domestic policies. We take this opportunity to call on G7 leaders to adopt progressive approaches, incorporating feminist principles on all G7 issues and beyond. The world desperately needs new solutions. Feminists are holding the line in the face of coordinated attempts to roll-back hard-won rights. Our ability to collectively organize is severely diminished.…