Women in the World Summit

The first Women in the World Summit in London was a great success. The line-up was very impressive. There were activists, artists, entrepreneurs, political leaders, journalists and peacemakers. All of them had fascinating and sometimes rather disturbing stories to tell. We enjoyed a beautiful ballet performance by Sierra Leone war orphan Michaela Deprince. Jordan’s Queen Rania talked about the impact on her country of the millions of war refugees from Syria. We learned about the dangerous and desperate race to save Yazidi women from the sexual violence of Daesh. We listened to Zhanna Nemtsova, the daughter of murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Germany’s Ministry of Defence Ursula von der Leyen, Germany’s first woman Minister of Defence shared her experiences both as a minister and a mother of seven children. Finally during the opening night we heard the story about the suffragette movement from a panel moderated by the great historian Simon Schama with actresses Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and film director Sarah Gavron. A big thank you to Tina Brown for organising and hosting the event in association with New York Times.

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