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Shanghai set to give women a voice
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10:23, November 08, 2007

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Ranked among the five most important forums worldwide, the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society aims to promote women's perspectives on the key social and economic issues of our era. The forum is a place for debate, exchange, reflection and action and gives women a voice on all major issues facing our societies today and tomorrow.

Created in 2005, the forum is founded and presided over by Aude Zieseniss de Thuin and is the only global platform for the exchange of executive insights and visions. The third session of the forum just wrapped up in Deauville, France. It was deemed a success by the 50 international partner companies and 1,200 leaders (15 percent men) participating from over 70 countries - including 150 from emerging countries, 80 journalists from around the world, 150 renowned speakers and a delegation of 50 distinguished Chinese women.

Building on the success of the first two sessions, the first Women's Forum Asia will be held in Shanghai from May 15-17, 2008. The theme will be "Growth and Sustainable Development: Women's New Role". Discussions will cover demographic, environmental, economic and educational themes:

What does the emergence of China mean in the construction of a new world?

Fighting a two-speed world: How can women's responsibility make a difference?

Climate change and sustainable development: How can we deal with these issues?

The new challenges of education.

Megalopolis or sustainable city?

The danger of social inequality: How can women benefit from micro-finance?

Cultural identity: Women's essential role in defining the future.

The three-day forum will feature brainstorming and plenary sessions, debates, workshops, luncheon debates and a discovery program, following in the footsteps of the Deauville Forum.

"The first Women's Forum Asia in Shanghai in May 2008 will provide a unique venue for Asian women to exchange ideas about the role of women in growth and sustainability. It's about our future - not only Asia's, but the world's," said Yan Lan, vice-chairperson of the women's forum in Asia and a partner and chief representative of law firm Gide Loyrette Nouel.

Source:China Daily

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