The 4th Annual Conference on Women’s Empowerment entitled ‘Women's Leadership that Inspires Global Change’, was organized by The Spirituality, Values and Business Working Group of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns–NY in association with The Spiritual Council, Women Rising, Health Transformation & Spirituality Working Groups of CSVGC-NY; Global Family, International Center for Good Business (ICFGB), Institute of International Social Development (IISD), IDEAL Spring International, Inc., International Youth Council, Spiritual United Nations (SUN), and Universal Peace Federation at the United Nations Church Center, New York.
On March 15, one week after celebrating the 100th year of International Women's Day, a diverse group of women came together at the United Nations Church Center to share their wisdom, experiences, knowledge and expertise in an international panel.
The panel highlighted different aspects of what women are doing as leaders globally and in their local communities, including in Africa, the Philippines , Europe, Asia and the Americas , to inspire programs on health, education, cultural awareness and cooperation to create a Culture of Peace for all peoples of the world.
Sharon Hamilton-Getz, Chairperson of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns-NY, and Chair of the Spirituality, Values and Business Working Group, welcomed the audience and introduced the panel, and the hosting co-sponsors of the Forum.
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under-Secretary General and High Representative of the UN, moderated the panel and also spoke on the importance of having youth leadership becoming part of all the Committees and work at the UN.
The panelists included Monica Silfverskiold Getz, Founder and President of the Coalition for Family Justice; Devika Kawalramani, Partner and Co-Chair of Moses & Singer's Legal Ethics Law Firm Practice; Helena Magareta, Founder of ACTIVALE, A Global Enterprise for Human Development and World Peace; and Asha Castleberry, Co-Founder, International Youth Council.
This not-for-women-only session invited men to join the group to hear perspectives that may not have been heard before, including sharing and becoming open to possible new ways of thinking and understanding how the qualities of women is directly linked to global change.