The conference will hold in Washington, D.C. from June 20 – 21, 2011. It is organized by the US-based Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), which works to strengthen democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy.
The major theme of the conference is democracy that delivers. CIPE believes that the institutions of democracy are key in securing and enforcing the fundamental rights of women and providing them with mechanisms for full economic, political, and civic participation. Women play a fundamentally important role in building democracies that deliver, taking charge in creating prosperous and equal societies. CIPE views this role through the prism of linkages between political and economic empowerment, where civil society organizations – especially women’s business associations – remove barriers and empower women to participate fully in society and shape their own countries.
Participants at the two-day international conference are expected to discuss the following:

  • Connections between economic, political, and civic empowerment for women
  • The importance of women’s leadership and participation in policymaking
  • The role of business associations in women’s empowerment
  • Institutional reforms necessary for removing legal and cultural barriers to women’s empowerment.

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