High-Level Roundtable: Strengthening Democratic Governance through women’s empowerment and leadership 

What is the relationship between the strength of a democracy and the level of representation of women in positions of responsibility and decision-making?

Studies link greater diversity in political representation with numerous positive outcomes, including lower perceived levels of corruption and strengthened democratic systems. Empowering women and including their knowledge and experiences in all decisions can help transform the conditions that allow corruption to flourish.

This high-level round table, organized within the framework of the Eighth Summit of the Americas on Democratic Governance against Corruption, will highlight the nexus between the empowerment of women and leadership as safeguards against corruption and the basic principles of democratic governance . The event will also serve to launch the Inter-American Task Force on Women’s Empowerment and Leadership.

Date: Friday, April 13th, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Location: Novotel Lima (Avenida Victor Andrés Belaúnde 198, San Isidro 15073, Perú).
RSVP: Eventbrite


  • Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice-President of the Republic of Panama [TBC]
  • Jorge Faurie, Minister of External Relations and Worship of Argentina
  • Manisha Singh, Assistant Secretary of State of the Unites States of America
  • Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC
  • Karina Banfi, President of the Parliamentary Network for Gender Equality, ParlAmericas
  • Luiza Carvalho, Regional Director for the Americas and the Caribbean, UN Women
Moderator: Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada

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