New York hosts first summit of world’s women leaders

Sunday, November 18, 2007

NEW YORK -- Women in leadership positions from around the world were to hold their first summit Friday in New York to enhance the effectiveness of women’s leadership on global security.

The two-day “International Women Leaders Global Security Summit” will be held in a Manhattan hotel under the co-chairmanship of former Irish president Mary Robinson and former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell.

Some 100 women business leaders, members of government, lawmakers, diplomats and researchers will attend. Those staying away, like U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, have cited busy work schedules, summit organizers said.

Current heads of state or government at the summit are to include President Tarja Halonen of Finland, and prime ministers Helen Clark of New Zealand and Emily Saidy de Jongh-Elhage of the Dutch Antilles.

Jamaican former prime minister Portia Simpson Miller has also been invited.

The summit will attempt to forge a new approach to international issues.

“We want a new type of leadership, enabling collective women’s leadership, especially in security matters,” Robinson told AFP, adding that women have a different approach to leadership than men.

“Women are always asking themselves ‘Am I good enough?’ They are much more open to discussing ... are more affected by poverty.”

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