• In recent days, I have been fortunate to witness first-hand how the League of Women Voters is contributing to democracy around the world.  First, is watching the many, many League volunteers around the country work tirelessly to get voters the help and information they need for the November 6 election.  League members everywhere have been registering voters, holding candidate forums, issuing vote

  • The League of Women Voters and its Tunisian partners—Association des Responsables de Formation et de Gestion Humaine dans les Entreprises (ARFORGHE) and the Tunisian American Chamber of Commerce—welcome civil society representatives from the broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) to Washington, DC, to draft a declaration on issues that are currently impacting civil society, particularly in the areas of women’s empowerment, freedom of expression, and economic governance and entreprenurship. 

  • Closing Plenary, BMENA meeting, Amman Jordan

    Seventy-eight government officials, private sector, and civil society representatives from the Broader Middle East and North Africa countries, the G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, and United Kingdom), as well as delegates from the 9th for the Future Forum country

  • Mary Fox, League of Women Voters of the United States Alternate UN Observer chaired the International Day of Older Persons programme on behalf of the NGO Committee on Ageing on October 10 at The City University of New York (CUNY).  The event included introductory remarks from representatives from the City of New York, International Council on Social Welfare, Secretary General of the UN, President of the UN General Assembly and past chair of the NGO Committee.  The keynote address was provided by the First Lady and Secretary for Social Inclusion of El Salvador, Dr.

  • The days of fighting an issue of a global proportions from a silo perspective can’t be effective with limited resources.  We need to find ways to work together, work smarter with ways that are proven.  Trafficking is a $32 billion industry and even if we rescue all the girls today—tomorrow a new crop will be in place.  Therefore the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations, the Working Group on Girls, PPSEAWA and the League of Women Voters of the United States co-sponsored a panel discussion on "Best Practices:  Preventing Child Exploitation at Major Events."  Speakers provided ins

  • The first annual International Day of the Girl will be celebrated on Thursday, October 11, 2012 with a special panel discussion: BEST PRACTICES: Preventing Child Exploitation at Major Events. Speakers include: Abigail Lawlis Kuzma Office of the Indiana Attorney General -- Director and Chief Counsel of Consumer Protection. The Indiana Attorney General ran an anti-human trafficking campaign during Super Bowl 2012. David Arkless is ManpowerGroup's Global President of Corporate and Government Affairs.

  • There has been great uncertainty about the future of the 9th Forum for the Future after the recent unrest in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, and, in particular, the attack on the U.S.


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  • The Second Preparatory Meeting of the 9th Forum for the Future will take place in Amman, Jordan, October 1-2, 2012.  This second meeting which focuses on Economic Governance presents an opportunity to bring together governments and private sector/civil society representatives to discuss critical economic governance and growth issues and identify concrete steps to improve the business and investment climate, create jobs, and encourage entrepreneurs.  Among the themes that have been identified as possible agenda topics are:  entrepreneurship (with a sub-focus on women), transparency, includin

  • BMENA Meeting Attendees in Morocco

    The League team has just returned from El Jadida, Morocco, site of the first preparatory meeting of the 9th Forum for the Future.  The two-day session focused on empowering women, however, not all 76 attendees were women. In fact, a good percentage of the participants were men who work on economic, legal, and social issues that impact women’s lives.  Twenty countries were represented by members of civil society organizations, including one representative from the West Bank/Gaza area.