Vital Voices of Asia will build and strengthen a powerful network of regional women leaders across sectors, cultures and generations to help advance the regions of South Asia and East Asia Pacific socially, politically, and economically.
Vital Voices of Asia regional leadership and training summit is a collaborative effort between the United States Government, Confederation of Indian Industry, as well as leading multinational corporations, charitable foundations, and non-governmental organizations including Standard Chartered Bank, Goldman Sachs/10,000 Women, Avon Foundation for Women, Paul Singer Family Foundation, Exxon Mobil, Humanity United, Tata Group, Abbott, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Thomson Reuters, DLA Piper/New Perimeters, Wal-Mart, Eranda Foundation, Lexis Nexis, Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, International Republican Institute, Asia Foundation, Global Fund for Women, and UNIFEM.
Aptly making the Summit announcement on Woman’s Equality Day today, Alyse Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership said, “As we will explore over the course of this summit, challenges once marginalized as 'women's issues' are moving into the global mainstream, especially with the world's attention focused on economic recovery and development. In societies where women's equitable share in political, social and economic opportunity is both possible and likely, prosperity is increased for all. Increasing opportunities for women in Asia will contribute greatly to the region’s development overall. It's not that women need our help. We need theirs. The reality is simple — women's progress means global progress.”
Over the course of four days, Vital Voices of Asia will feature panel discussions, breakout sessions, and trainings focusing on three key areas — Women as an Economic Force, Women in Political Leadership and Public Life, and Safeguarding Women's Human Rights. The sessions are designed to highlight the challenges, share best practices, and develop new ideas and action plans for future programs that will be implemented through an ongoing Leadership Initiative for South Asia and East Asia Pacific.
Open to delegates by invitation, Vital Voices of Asia will bring together government and political leaders, community and NGO advocates, leading businesswomen and delegates from the United States, India, Japan, South Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Bangladesh, China, Laos, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Thailand, Bhutan, Burma, Indonesia, Nepal, Maldives, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan, and Timor L'Este, amongst others.