A 21st Century UN 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW) would be the most influential women’s conference ever held. It would be a major step toward reaching a tipping point for empowerment and equality of women.
The last conference in Beijing (1995) was before the internet changed communication. The millennial generation were youngsters. 5WCW would be inter-generational as well as global. Ideas and information would be shared via 21st century technology. 5WCW could be linked to simultaneously held conferences all over the world, as well as through attendees to their circles and communities via the internet, youtube, social networking, smart phones, tablets, and other means.
On March 8, 2012, the UN Secretary General and the President of the General Assembly--influenced by grassroots efforts--urged the General Assembly to pass a resolution to convene a global conference on women. Each of the 193 member-states has one vote which needs to be mobilized on behalf of 5WCW including the US and EU. Women have to become activists on their own behalf. Only women's movements are able to voice and organize around their top priorities as women. Otherwise women's issues including abuse of women are sidelined, subordinated to men's needs or to the priorities of institutions The fate of the planet and humanity and the empowerment and equality of women and feminine values are related.
Isabel Allende, author, activist
Ambassador Anwaul Chowdhury, former president of UN Security Council
Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD, author Moving Toward the Mllionth Circle, Urgent Message From Mother.
Marilyn Fowler, founder US Women-Connect, Women’s Intercultural Network
Carol Hansen Grey, author, activist
Dr. Anele Heiges, President International Public Policy Institute
Dr. Patricia Licuanan, President Miriam College, Philippines, Chair of prepatory meetings for Beijing conference
Avon Mattison, CEO Pathways to Peace
Patricia Smith Melton, founder PeaceXPeace
Ambassador Gertrude I. Mongella, Secretary-General of 4th World Conference on Women (Beijing)
Joyce Oneko, founder Mama na Dada-Africa
Elly Pradervand, founder Women’s World Summit Foundation, Geneva
Zainab Salbi, president Women for Women International
Leticia Shahani, Secretary-General 3rd UN World Conference on Women (Nairobi)
Gloria Steinem, founder Ms. Magazine, author, activist
Alice Walker, author, activist
Rosemary Williams, founder Women’s Perspective
Lea Wyler, co-founder ROKPA International