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United Nations – Advancement of Women

WomenWatch is the central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system, including the United Nations Secretariat, regional commissions, funds, programmes, specialized agencies and academic and research institutions. It is a joint United Nations project created in March 1997 to provide Internet space for global gender equality issues and to support implementation of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action. Since 1997 the intergovernmental mandate has expanded, for example through the outcome document of the Twenty-third special session of the General Assembly in June 2000 and Security Council resolution 1325 of October 2000. The website now also provides information on the outcomes of, as well as efforts to incorporate gender perspectives into follow-up to global conferences.

Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government
The Women’s Leadership Board of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government is a body of influential leaders that advances issues related to women at the Harvard Kennedy School and throughout the world. With more than 150 individual and corporate members drawn from the most senior levels of government, business, professions, and the non-profit sector from more than 20 countries, the Women’s Leadership Board catalyzes, supports and strengthens relevant research by teaching and through outreach within the Harvard Kennedy School and the broader Harvard University.

Harvard Women’s Leadership Forum | Innovation Strategies for a Changing World
The future is built one innovation at a time, one leader at a time. The Women’s Leadership Forum at HBS Executive Education is designed to enable this future by bringing together an elite group of successful businesswomen to encourage innovation and enhance leadership skills. In this program, you will acquire new strategies for creating environments that foster and sustain innovation. Returning to your organization, you will be prepared to inspire your colleagues, act with confidence, and lead with lasting impact.

Council of Women World Leaders
The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women prime ministers and presidents established in 1996 by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland (1980-1996) and first woman in the world to be democratically elected president, and Laura Liswood, Secretary General. The Council’s mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women. Through its networks, summits and partnerships, the Council promotes good governance and gender equality, and enhances the experience of democracy globally by increasing the number, effectiveness, and visibility of women who lead their countries. Tarja Halonen, President of Finland (2000-present), serves as Chair of the Council. The Council is a policy program of the Aspen Institute.

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