Diplomatic panel celebrates progress on gender equality

Women's History Month panel in Panama

How does the new generation of leaders promote gender equality? What are the challenges of the 21st century? These are some of the topics covered during the International Women’s Month today in the City of Knowledge. Under the Federal Women’s Program (FWP), the United States Embassy organized a conference that highlighted their contributions to society and the federal workforce. With the motto “Honoring Innovative Women at Work and Business”, 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the FWP.

The celebration of International Women’s Month dates back to March 8, 1857, when dozens of New York textile workers went on strike and took streets in protest of working conditions. They demanded equal working conditions. It was not until 1911 when the first International Women’s Day was celebrated in Germany, Austria, Denmark and Switzerland, and its commemoration, since it was celebrates, has been extended to many countries. Since 1975 and by resolution of the United Nations (UN), International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 of each year.

The event was moderated by Cherie Feeley, a distinguished career diplomat with more than 20 years of experience. The keynote speakers included United States Ambassador John D. Feeley, Canadian ambassador Anna-Karine Asselin, British Ambassador Ian Collard, Kosovo Ambassador Zana Rudia, Women’s Program of the United Nations, Sandra Lombardo and the general director of special projects and international cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Analuisa Bustamante.

“We have made great strides in 50 years. Almost 40% of our ambassadors in the world are women,” said United States Ambassador John D. Feeley. “But 40% is not enough and does not represent full equality. We have many challenges ahead and as we progress, we faced with new dares, “added the diplomat.

During the discussion, panelists identified and provided strategies to approach the labor challenges of the 21st century before an audience that highlighted members of the diplomatic corps and international organizations such as UN Women, as well as students from private schools in the area.

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More pictures of this event: https://flic.kr/s/aHskSWmqGs

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Students take part in the embassy’s Women’s History Month Panel