The Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2019
For three days, the Women’s Forum Global Meeting and its president Kristin Scott Thomas will bring together more than 2,500 influential business, institutional and political leaders from over 90 countries to debate global social and economic challenges for a more inclusive society.
The Paris edition of the Women’s Forum is intended to present all the concrete advances and plans for action resulting from regional meetings and “Daring Circles”, which took place during 2019.
Under the theme “Taking the lead for inclusion: accelerating impact”, the forum’s objective is to determine the accelerators for a more inclusive future.
On the programme: plenary sessions, conferences and networking.
- Scalable Climate Action // #Women4Climate
Climate change affects different groups, such as women, disproportionately and differently. But women are not just climate victims - their actions, perspectives and leadership have the potential to drive progress on tackling climate change.
- Equal Access to Health // #Women4Health
Current healthcare treatments, practices, education and awareness are not available to all in an equitable manner around the world. For instance, when women face limited access to healthcare, their families and communities are affected in turn.
- AI For Good // #Women4AI
AI has a growing influence on the way we work and live, but it can reflect and reinforce existing biases, errors and inequalities. Conversely, if designed by diverse teams and governed appropriately, AI can help shape a more inclusive world even beyond the developed world and the workplace.
- STEM for a shared future // #Women4STEM
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) are transforming the world in many ways. That also means the demand for technological skills will balloon. However, not all groups are represented equally in STEM education, careers and roles. Greater inclusion will strengthen innovation and advancement in STEM.
- Economic empowerment // #Women4Biz
Entrepreneurship is a ready path towards economic empowerment: getting a foothold in major corporate or government supply chains can accelerate entrepreneurs along this path, with a multiplier effect for wider communities and economies. How can corporates and governments advance the economic empowerment and inclusion of under-represented groups through deliberate and dedicated procurement strategies and other supply chain policies?
BNP Paribas, at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting
A committed player in energy transition, women’s entrepreneurship and gender equality, BNP Paribas has supported the Women’s Forum for five years and has been a member of its strategic committee since 2018. The Group is involved in all five "Daring Circles" of the Women’s Forum.
Within the framework of the forum, the Group is in particular co-leader of the "Women & Climate Daring Circle" with L’Oréal. The purpose of this working group is to identify the necessary levers and initiatives to speed up the transition to a green economy and make it work for women’s empowerment. In 2019, at the margins of the G20 in Kyoto, this working group also signed a charter for engagement and women’s contribution to combating climate change.
In addition, BNP Paribas made a commitment to Senegal by signing a partnership with UN Women to developing climate change-resistant agriculture and female entrepreneurship in Northern Senegal. It also provides support to scientific research in Africa, through its Foundation, thanks to the One Planet Fellowship programme.
#Women4Climate: BNP Paribas speeches
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