“GSW Forum, Women’s Leadership Changes Society ~Report on 2016 Warsaw Summit and Plans for 2017 Tokyo Summit~” was held on July 13, 2016 in Minato-ku.

About Global Summit of Women

Global Summit of Women (GSW), also known as the “Women’s Davos”,  is an international summit held annually in major cities across the globe. It is a business Summit, whose ‘business’ focus is women’s advancement in the global economy. Female leaders from all over the world gather at the summit to discuss “women and economics.” Participants include female bureaucrats such as the Vise President of Vietnam, President of Kosovo, and President of Chile. A worldwide networking opportunity for the participants is another distinguishing feature of GSW.

The 26th GSW was held at Hilton Warsaw in Poland from June 9th to 11th, attracting 1000 participants from 74 countries. This year, 61 people participated from Japan. The summit began with an opening ceremony inviting female presidents and prime ministers from across the globe. In addition to the presentations and discussions held at the venue everyday, participants also enjoyed welcome dinner at the Royal Castle and other sightseeing tours.

July 13, 2016 – GSW Forum, Women’s Leadership Changes Society ~Report on 2016 Warsaw Summit and Plans for 2017 Tokyo Summit~ Event Report

The event began with the greeting speech by Haruko Nishida, President of Women Help Women, followed by a presentation of GSW by Irene Natividad, President of Globe Women (organizer of GSW) and Ann Sado, a board member of Women Help Women. Ms. Natividad pointed out that women across the globe suffers from the same issues such as pay gaps or sex discriminations. GWS is a place where participants share their problems, but a place to share solutions that are working for them.

After the overview of GSW Warsaw by Ms. Nishida, a presentation on active roles of Polish women was given by PCCIJ Deputy Chairman Masanori Tonegawa.

In the latter half of the event, participants of GSW Warsaw including university students who joined the youth forum talked about their experience in Poland. The event finished with a panel discussion by Ms. Nishida, Ms. Arakane, and Ms. Sado on the upcoming GSW Tokyo.