2017 (EN)

On the occasion of the Italian Presidency of the G7, the International Dialogue Forum"Starting from girls" was held at the Farnesina on 7 and 8 April 2017. Women Forum on inequality and sustainable growth", organised in collaboration with WE-Women Empower the World, the Aspen Initiative for Europe and Valore D.
Strengthening the rights and skills of young women is an indispensable condition for making them agents of change. Overcoming the gender gap is essential to ensure inclusive growth and development processes, in line with the priorities of our Presidency of the G7,"said Angelino Alfano, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
The Forum is based on the conviction that strengthening the rights and skills of young women is an indispensable condition for making them potential agents of change: the Forum aims to build an international alliance on women's empowerment, as an indispensable part of a more equitable and sustainable growth. A series of proposals for the G7 will be discussed, aimed at strengthening women's contribution to economic growth, their participation in the labour market, technological development and sustainability. Specific attention will also be paid to migration issues - "women on the move" - and to the evolution of the global care chain, with its implications for health and health systems.
The conference was attended by Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Among the participants are Maria Elena Boschi, Undersecretary of State, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Rome; Valeria Fedeli, Minister of Education, University and Research; Beatrice Lorenzin, Minister of Health, Rome; Emma Bonino, President, WE-Women Empower the World; President of the European Council for Foreign Relations; Marta Dassù, President of the Aspen Initiative for Europe; Executive President, WE-Women Empower the World; Linda Lanzillotta, Vice President, Italian Senate; Vincenzo Amendola, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Rome; Mario Giro, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Rome; Benedetto Della Vedova, Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Rome; Princess Sarah Zeid, His Royal Highness of Jordan; Laurence Rossignol, Minister of Families, Childhood and Women's Rights, Paris;Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director Un Women, New York; Diane Jacovella, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs G7 Sous-Sherpa, Ottawa; Imen Ben Mohamed, member of the Ennahdha Party, Tunis; Marietje Schaake, Vice-Chairman of the Delegation for Relations with the United States; Member of the Committee for International Trade European Parliament, Brussels; Marc Benayoun, Chief Executive Officer, Edison, Milan; Diana Bracco, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bracco Group, Milan; Flavia Bustreo, Deputy General Manager, WHO World Health Organization, Geneve; Ilaria Capua, Director, One Health Center of Excellence, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL; Catherine Colonna, Ambassador of France in Italy, Rome; Elisabetta Belloni, Secretary General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Rome; Chantal De Jonge Oudraat, President, WIIS-Women in International Security, Washington, DC; Veronica De Romanis, Standford University The Breyer Center for Overseas Studies in Florence; Maria Patrizia Grieco, President, Enel, Rome; Emerine Kabanshi, Minister of Community Development, Mother and Child Health, Zambia; Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, President, Institute of Human Virology, Baltimore;Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, Chairman of the Executive Committee, WPL-Women Political Leaders Global Forum, Brussels; Meg Jones, Head of Economic Empowerment, UN Women, New York; Monica Maggioni, President, RAI Radio Italian Television, Rome; Marialina Marcucci, President, Robert F. Fondazione Kennedy d' Europa, Rome; Sandra Mori, President, Valore D, Milan; Monica Parrella, Director General, Department for Equal Opportunities, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Rome; Lia QuartapelleProcopio, Member of the Italian Parliament, Rome;Gabriela Ramos, Chief of Staff and Sherpa at the G20, OECD Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris; Simona Scarpaleggia, CEO of Ikea Switzerland and member of the Board of Directors of IKEA Food, Zurich; Hanna Serwaah Tetteh, former Ghana Foreign Affairs Minister; Lawyer,"Osafo Buabeng & Co"law firm, Theme, Ghana;Helle Thorning Schmidt, CEO, Save the Children, Fairfield, CT; Luisa Todini, Chairman of the Steering Committee, Project Grow-Generating Real Opportunities for Women, Rome; Manuela Tomei, Director of the ILO Work and Employment Status Programme, Geneva; Beatrice Trussardi, President, Friends of Aspen; President, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan; Susanne Marianne Wasum Rainer, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Italy, Rome; Avivah Wittenberg Cox, CEO, 20 First First, London; Alexander Zehnder, President and CEO, Sanofi, Milan.
The Fondazione Mediterraneo participated in the event.