Council, Istanbul, Turkey, 08 and 09 November 2013

The Millennium Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda Special Session: Women and the Arab Spring


Venue: Istanbul Hilton Hotel

Friday 08 November

15.00 – 16.00 hrs        Council - Opening

        • Opening speech by Ouafa Hajji, President of the Socialist International Women, SIW


        • Welcoming address by Bihlun Tamayligil, Vice-President of the Republican People’s Party, CHP, Turkey


        • Welcoming address by Hilal Dokuzcan, President of the Women’s Branch, Republican People’s Party, CHP, Turkey


        • Introduction by Miguelina Vecchio, SIW Vice-President; President of the Labour Women Action, AMT, Democratic Labour Party, PDT, Brazil


16.00 – 19.00 hrs       Keynote Speeches on the theme of ‘The Millennium                                                   Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda’                                            Chaired by Luzia Inglês, Angola

        • ‘Post Millennium Development Goals and the Promotion of Equality and the Empowerment of Women’ by Gülsün Bilgehan, Member of Parliament, CHP, Turkey
        • ‘Post Millennium Development Goals and the Importance of Investing in Women and Girls’ by Pia Locatelli, SIW Honorary President; Member of Parliament, Italian Socialist Party, PSI, Italy


        • ‘Post Millennium Development Goals and the Role of Education in Eradicating Poverty’ by Chantal Kambiwa, Vice-President of the Socialist International, SI; Social Democratic Front, SDF, Cameroon


        • ‘Post Millennium Development Goals – A Latin American Perspective’ by Elsa Espinosa, Undersecretary for International Affairs, National Executive Committee of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, PRI, Mexico

                                       Debate and Questions to Speakers


20.00 hrs                     Dinner offered by the Women's Branch of the CHP                                     


Saturday 09 November

09.00 – 10.00 hrs        Closed session for member organisations only


10.00 – 12.45 hrs        Keynote Speeches on the theme of ‘The Millennium                                                   Development Goals and Post-2015 Development Agenda’                                            Chaired by Tuula Peltonen, Finland

        • ‘Post Millennium Development Goals and the Importance of Ensuring Environmental Sustainability’ by Sena Kaleli, Member of Parliament, CHP, Turkey


        • ‘Post Millennium Development Goals and the Promotion of Women in Politics and Decision-Making Positions’ by Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Namibia


        • ‘Post Millennium Development Goals and How to Ensure that Gender Equality Remains an International Priority’ by Michèle Sabban, President of the R20 Regions of Climate Action, France


        • ‘Post Millennium Development Goals – An Asian Perspective’ by Enke Enkhjargal Danzanbaljir, SIW Vice-President; Mongolian Women’s Organisation, Mongolian People’s Party, MPP, Mongolia

                                        Debate and Questions to Speakers


***   Lunch Break 12.45 – 14.45 hrs   ***


14.45 – 16.30 hrs        Keynote Speeches on the theme of ‘Women and the Arab                                             Spring’ Chaired by Janet Camilo, Dominican Republic

        • ‘Women’s Political and Social Rights after the Arab Spring’ by Maryam Beshay, Women’s Secretariat, Egyptian Social Democratic Party, ESDP, Egypt


        • ‘The Arab Spring and the Impact on Women’ by Khadija Qariani, National Secretary, National Secretariat for Women, Socialist Union of Popular Force, USFP, Morocco


        • ‘A Recorded Regional History of Women in the Peace Making Process 3300 Years Ago’ by Nurlu Erkan, Executive Member of the Committee of Women's Branch, CHP, Turkey

               Debate and Questions to Speakers

16.30 – 18.00 hrs         Participants’ Contributions on Different Topics


18.00 – 19.00 hrs         Adoption of Resolutions






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