The League team that worked on the 9th Forum for the Future program recently traveled to the United Kingdom with a colleague from the U.S. Department of State to meet with the newly appointed 2013 G8 Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) team. The United Kingdom has assumed the 2013 G8 presidency and has selected the Arab Republic of Egypt to co-lead the BMENA Initiative.
As a champion of women’s suffrage and a key player active in international affairs, the League is pleased today to celebrate International Women's Day (IWD), an annual occasion that honors the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.
Surrounded by heightened security, 300 civil society and government official have arrived in Tunis, Tunisia to attend the 9th Forum for the Future. Under spectacular winter skies, the League of Women Voters is ready to open the plenary session of the civil society and private sector preparatory meeting. Participants from 25 countries are ready and eager to discuss and find solutions to the current challenges faced by the Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) countries.
After nine months of work in preparation for the G8 BMENA Initiative's 9th Forum for the Future, the League team is finalizing documents, participant registrations, travel arrangements, and thousands of other last-minute details.
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 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.