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A big thank you to Dr Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations for speaking at our final Forum of th...
06/16/2021

A big thank you to Dr Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations for speaking at our final Forum of the season today. A Fireside chat with our President Zarina Varukatty on « Challenges of Globalisation in the age of disinformation ». We touched on many current issues affecting the international community as well as American engagement in the world.

The Women’s International Forum had the privilege of listening to Sally Armstrong, war correspondent, author and human r...
05/05/2021

The Women’s International Forum had the privilege of listening to Sally Armstrong, war correspondent, author and human rights activist today on the “Power Shift, The Longest Revolution: An uprising by Women. The future of humanity is contingent on strengthening the status and rights of women and girls. Every single act of resistance to bring about change counts. Sally Armstrong shared her eye witness account of her work in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda, Congo and South Sudan.

Global Governance and Great Power Rivalry: Can thé US and China work together. That was the topic of WIF’s April event w...
04/16/2021

Global Governance and Great Power Rivalry: Can thé US and China work together. That was the topic of WIF’s April event with Dr Elizabeth Economy, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

#iwd2021 Choose to Cahallenge! We had a truly interesting and illuminating 1 hour with Judit Polgar who joined us from B...
03/11/2021

#iwd2021 Choose to Cahallenge! We had a truly interesting and illuminating 1 hour with Judit Polgar who joined us from Budapest. Judit who remains the only female grandmaster to break into the top 100 of world ranking (she was 8th when she retired from competitive chess)is the real “Queen’s Gambit”. Our members enjoyed listening to her about how she smashed glass ceilings and what we can do to encourage girls and women to do so!

#ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021#WIFIn commemoration and celebration of International Women’s Day, the Women’s International ...
02/26/2021

#ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021#WIF

In commemoration and celebration of International Women’s Day, the Women’s International Forum is pleased to announce our March Event:

Gender Champions and our Fight for Change: How can we get to Checkmate?

A conversation with Judit Polgar, International Chess Grandmaster and Chess Olympiad Champion

Thursday 11 March at 10 am-11am

#ChooseToChallenge #IWD2021#WIF

In commemoration and celebration of International Women’s Day, the Women’s International Forum is pleased to announce our March Event:

Gender Champions and our Fight for Change: How can we get to Checkmate?

A conversation with Judit Polgar, International Chess Grandmaster and Chess Olympiad Champion

Thursday 11 March at 10 am-11am

Culture and Education as a Foundation for Peace and Cooperation: What can we do better and differently?, that was the to...
01/28/2021

Culture and Education as a Foundation for Peace and Cooperation: What can we do better and differently?, that was the topic of today’s WIF conversation with Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO. We are grateful that she took the time to join us from Paris on an extensive discussion on how culture/cultural heritage and education can be part of building back better by transforming political institutions, economic regeneration and social development. For those who missed it, here is a video recording https://we.tl/t-E785fiOLN8

Join us for our next Event on 28 January at 2pm for a conversation with Ms Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNES...
01/13/2021

Join us for our next Event on 28 January at 2pm for a conversation with Ms Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO

We were very privileged to have with us Professor Peter Piot, Executive Director if the London School of Hygiene and Tro...
12/02/2020

We were very privileged to have with us Professor Peter Piot, Executive Director if the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. A very eminent virologist, who was part of the team that discovered Ebola virus in 1976 and the founding Executive Director of UN AIDS and UN Under-Secretary General. He is also currently an Adviser to the President of the European Commission on COVID-19. We were in conversation on where we are on COVID-19 and where we are heading. Peter joined us via Zoom from London. He gave us a very realistic assessment of the latest developments on vaccines and what we can expect in the fight against COVID-19. While it is a hopeful development to have the vaccines in our arsenal of tools, it will take well into the summer of 2021 to see some return to normalcy and even then we might still have to continue wearing masks and continue to take all the necessary precautionary measures that countries which have successfully brought the pandemic under control have taken. For those of you who missed the live event here is a video recording: https://we.tl/t-E785fiOLN8

Join us on 1 December for a discussion with Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical ...
11/10/2020

Join us on 1 December for a discussion with Professor Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who will join us from London on “COVID-19: Where are we and where we are going?”

“The United Nations in the Age of Social Media”, a riveting talk by Under-Secretary-General Melissa Fleming was the Wome...
11/04/2020

“The United Nations in the Age of Social Media”, a riveting talk by Under-Secretary-General Melissa Fleming was the Women’s International Forum’s November Event. In a talk that touched on the wide array of tools and strategies the United Nations has adopted to put its message out to the general public, USG Fleming shared with us how the United Nations was dealing with fake news and misinformation, how the Inited Nations was engaging young people in the issues that are closed to their heart. You can help by going to www.shareverified.com

We are looking forward to hearing from the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications on “The Unit...
10/26/2020

We are looking forward to hearing from the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications on “The United Nations in the Age of Social Media” on Wednesday 4th November 2020 at 2pm. This is a WIF members only event. Contact us if you would like to join us!

Ms. Fleming previously served the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) as its Head of Global Communications and Spokesperson for the High Commissioner for 10 years, and before that worked in senior communications roles for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). She is author of the book, A Hope More Powerful than the Sea, and host of the award-winning podcast, Awake at Night.

“Reimagining Learning: Providing a future for Refugee Children” was the topic of October’s WIF Talk by Danielle de la Fu...
10/15/2020

“Reimagining Learning: Providing a future for Refugee Children” was the topic of October’s WIF Talk by Danielle de la Fuente, Founder and Executive Director of Amal Alliance. Millions of refugee children are unable to attend school without access to their basic rights such as education. Amal Alliance’s work shows that with perseverance and ingenuity we can make access to education possible and ensure that these children can aspire to a better future.

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10/13/2020

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3.7 million refugee children are out of school, with limited access to the education. How can we find a solution to this problem to ensure that these children get inclusive and quality education do they they can have a success future?

Our October Speaker, Danielle de la Fuente will answer this question.

Please join us on Thursday, 15 October at 2pm for a zoom event: « Reimagining Learning: Providing a future for Refugee children »

A conversation with the founder of Amal Alliance, Ms Danielle de La Fuente

This is a members-only event.

3.7 million refugee children are out of school, with limited access to the education. How can we find a solution to this...
10/13/2020

3.7 million refugee children are out of school, with limited access to the education. How can we find a solution to this problem to ensure that these children get inclusive and quality education do they they can have a success future?

Our October Speaker, Danielle de la Fuente will answer this question.

Please join us on Thursday, 15 October at 2pm for a zoom event: « Reimagining Learning: Providing a future for Refugee children »

A conversation with the founder of Amal Alliance, Ms Danielle de La Fuente

This is a members-only event.

In February this year WIF presented a panel discussion and screened “The Silence of Others” at the United Nations. The f...
09/23/2020
The Spanish documentary 'El silencio de otros', winner of two Emmy Awards

In February this year WIF presented a panel discussion and screened “The Silence of Others” at the United Nations. The film was awarded two Emmy Awards. Thank you Chris White, Latica Tomasic, Mission of Austria, Belgium and Spain for making this possible.

https://tekdeeps.com/the-spanish-documentary-el-silencio-de-otros-winner-of-two-emmy-awards/?fbclid=IwAR36FToB7PWPVA2r4Xbw5bj8hbw3W4SpPQL2ByCA0xBvpReg8GY3Yx1tDkM

POV / The WishStill from 'The silence of others'. The 2020 Emmys have had a Spanish flavor. The documentary directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert

Our first Forum of the season 2020-2021 was an interactive dialogue with Ambassador Frank Wisner “Peace in the Middle Ea...
09/16/2020

Our first Forum of the season 2020-2021 was an interactive dialogue with Ambassador Frank Wisner “Peace in the Middle East: Are We Getting Any Closer?” Key take aways: Challenges are immense but there are some rays of hope and the key to progress is young people and women!

It is 1 September and time to get back into our new season! We are looking forward to our first event of the season on t...
09/01/2020

It is 1 September and time to get back into our new season! We are looking forward to our first event of the season on the 16th of September, Wednesday at 2pm. It will be an interactive dialogue with Ambassador Frank Wisner, International Affairs Advisor, Squire Patton Boggs on "Peace in the Middle East: Are We Getting Any Closer?"

Ambassador Wisner’s diplomatic career spans four decades and eight American presidents. He served as ambassador to Zambia, Egypt, the Philippines, and India during his extensive career in the State Department.
As Foreign Affairs Advisor, Ambassador Wisner plays a pivotal role at the firm, leveraging his vast experience in the Middle East, India, Europe and Asia to assist the firm’s domestic and international clients.
In addition to his role as ambassador to four countries, he has served as Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and as Under Secretary of State for International Security Affairs. Ambassador Wisner was senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs from 1982 to 1986, a time of intense diplomatic engagement in Southern Africa.

This is a members-only event.

“Ethics for a post-COVID World: What Must we Change or do Better? This was the topic of WIF’s last Forum of this season ...
06/11/2020

“Ethics for a post-COVID World: What Must we Change or do Better? This was the topic of WIF’s last Forum of this season with Professor Robert Klitzman, Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University. As the countries around the world over are reopening their borders, governments and civil society are grappling with a number of difficult ethical issues with regards to reopening, vaccines, clinical trials, priority setting, health care workers rights and obligations etc WIF members were privileged to have an interesting discussion on these important issues today. Let’s hope that the world will make better ethical choices in a post-COVID world.

The Women’s International Forum held our May Event: A panel discussion on “Leadership in a crisis: the United Nations re...
05/20/2020

The Women’s International Forum held our May Event: A panel discussion on “Leadership in a crisis: the United Nations response to the COVID-19 Pandemic” with Her Excellency Ambassador Martha Pobee of Ghana and Her Excellency Ambassador Mona Juul of Norway. We are grateful for the opportunity to hear directly from the two very active and dynamic women Ambassadors the concrete steps the United Nations is taking to mitigate the adverse effect of the crisis on women. We hope that with a constructive response we can prevent or slowdown the rollback of the gains on the Beijing Platform of Action. It was gratifying to virtually connect with our members during this difficult times. Look out for next event on June 11.

Yesterday, February 26th 2020, the  Women's International Forum organised a Panel on Transitional Justice and screening ...
02/27/2020

Yesterday, February 26th 2020, the Women's International Forum organised a Panel on Transitional Justice and screening of the Spanish 2019 Goya Award-Winning Documentary Film "The Silence of the Others".

Filmed over six years, The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a “pact of forgetting” around the crimes they suffered. The Silence of Others speaks powerfully to global questions of transitional justice. The screening was followed by a panel discussion which included the directors of the film, Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar; UN Special Rapporteur Fabian Salvioli, Lawyer for the plaintives Jacinto Lara and film protagonist Paqui Maqueda.
The event was co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Austria, Belgium and Spain with support from the Austrian Cultural Centre and American Documentary/ POV

Looking forward to next week! Signup closes soon.
02/21/2020

Looking forward to next week! Signup closes soon.

On Wednesday, February 26th 2020, at 3 pm, the Women's International Forum will screen the Spanish 2019 Goya Award-Winning Documentary Film "The Silence of the Others".

Filmed over six years, The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a “pact of forgetting” around the crimes they suffered. The Silence of Others speaks powerfully to global questions of transitional justice.

When: On Wednesday, February 26th 2020, at 3 pm
Where: UN Headquarters, The Trusteeship Council
Tickets: Seating is limited, please RSVP by February 24th at 9m on the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScKTSkbxh7uDWQYxuy4ylnXdS9-ore3LeFTWH7rlNIPL-G5YQ/viewform

With the Co - Sponsorship of:
- The Permanent Mission of Spain to the United Nations
- The Permanent Mission of Belgium to the United Nations (President of the Security Council)
- The Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations

Women’s International Forum is proud to announce our next event: Screening of the Multiple Award-Winning Documentary « T...
02/10/2020

Women’s International Forum is proud to announce our next event:

Screening of the Multiple Award-Winning Documentary « THE SILENCE OF OTHERS »

With the participation of the film directors Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar, and the film protagonists;

Followed by a Panel on Transitional Justice with UN Special Rapporteur Fabian Salvioli.

To be held on 26 February 2020 at the UN Trusteeship Council, from 3-6 pm, it is co- sponsored by the Permanent Mission Spain to the UN, the Permanent Mission of Belgium to the UN and the Permanent Mission of Austria to the UN, with the support of American Documentary -Pov.

Thank you for coming today to a fullHouse for our February Talk, an interactive dialogue with the UK Permanent Represent...
02/07/2020

Thank you for coming today to a full
House for our February Talk, an interactive dialogue with the UK Permanent Representative to the UN, Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce. We are delighted she made time for us on the day that it was announced that she has been appointed as the first British female Ambassador to Washington. Congratulations! In a wide ranging and candid discussion, she shared her experiences on the field from her various postings, tips on how to succeed in a man’s world, her views on gender equality and diversity, Brexit and her next posting.

We are looking forward to our February Talk on Friday 7 February, Women in Diplomacy by Ambassador Karen Pierce of the U...
02/04/2020

We are looking forward to our February Talk on Friday 7 February, Women in Diplomacy by Ambassador Karen Pierce of the United Kingdom:
This is a members-only event.

Women’s International Forum thanked its President Latica Tomasic Kickert for her leadership of WIF since April 2018 and ...
01/30/2020

Women’s International Forum thanked its President Latica Tomasic Kickert for her leadership of WIF since April 2018 and wishes her all the very best in her future endeavors. We congratulate Zarina Varukatty as she takes over the Presidency.

WIF January Talk, “Online safety of children in a Digital World” by Dr Joanna Rubinstein offered a very timely and relev...
01/30/2020

WIF January Talk, “Online safety of children in a Digital World” by Dr Joanna Rubinstein offered a very timely and relevant reminder of the need to regulate the digital world our children live in. Dr Rubinstein, who was instrumental in developing “The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Out of the Shadows” index shared with the audience the data driven analysis of 60 countries’ response to child sexual violence, including in the digital world. Still a lot of work remains to be done by legislators, industry experts and private sector stakeholders in regulating the digital world our children live in. WIF would like to thank the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations for hosting our January event.

We are oversubscribed for our January Forum! Sorry if you are on the waitlist! Please block your calendar for our Februa...
01/17/2020

We are oversubscribed for our January Forum! Sorry if you are on the waitlist! Please block your calendar for our February Event on Thursday 6th February. Details coming soon to your inbox! Please rsvp as soon as you receive the invitation.

Women’s International Forum, sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Austria to the United Nations is pleased to present our January Event on 30th January 2020:

Online Safety in the Digital World: Is there an Adult in the Room?

A conversation with Dr. Joanna Rubinstein, President, and CEO of the World Childhood Foundation, USA

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The Women’s International Forum (WIF) was founded in 1975 by the spouses of the Permanent Representatives to the UN, to provide members of the diplomatic community, the UN Secretariat and the UN community with a forum for briefing and discussion on international issues and global concerns.

At this moment, we have more than 200 members mainly professionals from the diplomatic community, New Yorkers and from Non-Governmental Organizations affiliated with the UN.Women’s International Forum (WIF)

We are honored to have Mrs. Catarina Vaz Pinto, Spouse of the Secretary- General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres as our Patron. Our Executive Board is composed by Pamela Jacovides (USA), Miriam Oueslati Khiari (Tunisia), Tanya Rattray (Jamaica), Dace Mazeika (Latvia), Ingrid Ružičková (Slovakia), Lista Damayanti Djani (Indonesia), Manipreet Tina Kaur Koonjul (Mauritius), Padma Akbaruddin (India), Zarina Varukatty (Singapore), Adriana Arriola (Paraguay), Mongolmaa Dorjnamjaa (Mongolia), Amy Gertze (Namibia), Paula Lopes (Portugal), Cathleen de Kerchove (Belgium), Latica Tomašić (Austria) and Sonia de Meza-Cuadra (Peru), Vice Presidents, and Sofia Herrera Cubillo (Costa Rica), President.

All the work that is being done in WIF is voluntary because we believe in a forum for Spouses where women and men can engage in meaningful discussions.

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