• Lead-organizer: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)
  • 09:30 - 18:30
  • Date: 19 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-2

Leaders' Forum on the Future Women Want: Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment for Sustainable Development

Organizing partners

Government of Brazil
Civil Society
Private Sector


UN Women, in collaboration with the Government of Brazil, is organizing the Leaders? Forum on the Future Women Want on 19 and 21 June 2012. On 19 June 2012, the multi-stakeholder Leaders? Forum on the Future Women Forum: Gender Equality and Women?s Empowerment for Sustainable Development will bring together leaders and experts from governments, the UN System, civil society organizations, academia and the private sector to discuss and reaffirm the centrality and the inter-linkages of gender equality and women?s empowerment with the three dimensions of sustainable development?social, economic and environmental. This event will be followed by the Women Leaders? Summit on the Future Women Want on 21 June 2012.

The event on is envisioned as an all-day event with Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women as the convener. Eminent leaders representing their governments, the United Nations, civil society organizations, including grassroots groups, the private sector and the academia will share their experiences and contribute to the visioning on the way forward in advancing gender equality and women?s empowerment in sustainable development.

Social media platforms will be utilized both to hear various voices from around the world to be shared to the participants as well as to disseminate to a broader audience the key messages emanating from the discussions.

Detailed programme

The Leaders Forum will be structured into five main sessions: the opening session, three thematic sessions and the closing session. In addition, there will be a special event showcasing women?s innovation and the presentation of the SEED Gender Equality Award.
Opening session
The Opening session will feature opening remarks by Ms. Bachelet, UN Women Executive Director, and other prominent women leaders.
Thematic Sessions
The thematic sessions will focus on three strategic themes on gender equality and women?s empowerment within the sustainable development agenda:
Session I. Normative Frameworks and the Integration of the Three Pillars of Sustainable Development
At this thematic session, speakers will illustrate progress made in the implementation of key normative frameworks for gender equality and women?s empowerment and make recommendations for addressing the remaining gaps and challenges. They will highlight how prioritizing gender equality and women?s empowerment and linking the three dimensions of sustainable development can create multiplier effects for sustainable development results.
Special Event: Showcasing Women?s Innovation and SEED Gender Equality Award Ceremony
The event will showcase women?s innovations aimed at empowering women and promoting the goals of sustainable development. It will also feature the first-ever winner of the SEED Gender Equality Award of the SEED Initiative and UN Women. The Award serves to highlight women?s role, agency, leadership, contribution and innovations in promoting sustainable economies.
Session II. Advancing Gender Equality and Women?s Empowerment in Green Economies in the Context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication
Speakers at this thematic session will illustrate the important role that women play in creating and transitioning to greener and sustainable economies in the context of poverty eradication. They will share good practices and lessons learned and make concrete suggestions for institutional, legislative, policy and programmatic actions required for women to be at the center of sustainable economies as contributors, beneficiaries, leaders and decision-makers.
Session III. The Future Women Want: Shaping the New International Development Framework
Building on ongoing discussions of the global community on the post-2015 development framework and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), this session will serve as a platform for visioning, strategizing and making the case for gender equality and the empowerment of women as a comprehensive development goal in its own right, and for these to adequately reflected as targets and indicators across all other goals being developed.
Closing session
Ms. Bachelet will highlight key ideas and inspiring messages as well as concrete recommendations and innovative proposals for future action that emanated from the discussions. These will be presented at the Women Leaders? Summit on the Future Women Want on 21 June and will feed into the finalization of the ?Call to Action? which the women Heads of State and Government will endorse.
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