"Today we face a series of interlocking crises which have a direct impact on women’s lives, from conflict and the threat of nuclear weapons to climate change, pandemics and systematic inequality. ... What we need now is for women to have a direct impact on these crises, bringing a new wave of feminist solidarity and justice to create a better world for future generations. We need to reimagine what global leadership looks like so that women have the support and opportunity to be powerful agents for change." -- Mary Robinson
Mary Robinson, first woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, now Chair of The Elders, recently gave a keynote address to the Women’s Empowerment Assembly in Tokyo on the importance of women's leadership in creating a peaceful, sustainable and equitable future. She calls on world leaders to confront prejudice and discrimination, and to hear and respect women's voices. You can read her keynote address here.