• Women at the Table

     

    a gender equality & democracy CSO

    establishing new norms, now

     

    because a woman's place is at the decision-making table

     

  • w@tt's up

    establishing new norms, now

    women@thetable

  • <A+> Alliance: Affirmative Action for Algorithms

    Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning

    & Gender:

    A Concrete Call to Action

    'We Shape our Tools, and Thereafter Our Tools Shape Us.'

    Position Paper #1:

    Landscape. Accountability. Inclusion. Cooperation.

    <A+> Alliance

    Be part of the global alliance

    for Inclusive Algorithms

    to combat bias reproduced

    by Artificial Intelligence.

    Join us in Berlin

  • The Deadly Data Gap:

    Gender & Data

     

    All data tells a story.

    And like all stories, its power and purpose depend on the protagonist and their point of view.

  • Gender & Cities

     

    The Smart Feminist City 3.0

     

  • INTERNATIONAL

    GENDER CHAMPIONS

     

    International Gender Champions is a leadership network that brings together

    female & male decision-makers to break down gender barriers for system change.

     

    An initiative co-founded in 2015 by Women@TheTable

    the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Office in Geneva

    and the Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva.

     

     

  • We make gender visible

    on the global stage

    galvanizing programs that target

    systems change

    catalyzing opportunities for feminists to speak with international audiences about solutions.

     

    We make gender a discussion point in the larger mainstream debate

     

    leveraging strategic pillars in fora

    where feminists have not traditionally been visible :

     

    Governance & Democracy : where rules are made

    Economy : where power is held

    Technology : where the future is invented

     

    Sustainability : where innovation is survival

    & Portrayal : where myth is forged

    We create spaces on mainstream platforms

     

    driving visibility and influence of dynamic female and male feminists

     

    identifying and supporting them

    as they speak in more traditionally 'male' fora about gender and solutions.


     

    We invent new platforms

     

    for women to be visible,

    and have influence

    with targeted initiatives

    such as

    International Gender Champions

    Gender & Cities

    <A+> Alliance : Inclusive Algorithms

  • Events 2019

    selected 2019 events

    IGC-Den Haag Official Launch

    At the International Criminal Court, The Hague

    5 February 15:00-17:30

    Opening remarks by H.E. Sabine Nӧlke, Ambassador of Canada to the Netherlands

    Remarks by H.E. Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, President of the ICC

    Panel discussion moderated by H.E. Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn, Ambassador of

    Switzerland to the Netherlands

    • H.E. Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the ICC

    • H.E. Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Netherlands

    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Executive Director, Women@TheTable, IGC Co-Founder

    Hans de Boer, Chairman, Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers

    (VNO-NCW)

    Closing remarks by H.E. Peter Lewis, Registrar of the ICC

     

    Kick off International Womens Week

     

    IGC Annual Champions Luncheon

    Champions Only Event

    &

    Evening Focal Point Reception

    To kick off a full week of events commemorating

    International Women's Week (because a Day no longer suffices in Geneva)
     
    IGC Annual Report 2018 Launch
    Working Luncheon Meeting
    Co-Sponsored by Women@theTable and the Canadian Mission to the World Trade Organization, and Mission to the UN Organizations in Geneva
     
     
    IGC Focal Point Reception
    Celebrating colleagues making waves & bringing other awesome feminists with them up the ladder into the heart of systems change.

    Reception, Geneva

    4 March 17:00-19:30

    The 2019 Geneva Gender Debate

    Graduate Institute, Geneva

    6 March 18:00-19:30

    Back by popular demand the Graduate Institute / International Gender Champions Geneva Gender Debate.

     
    With the Motion: This House believes that neutral gender language is not a necessity to achieve gender equality.
     
    Our incredible line up of Debaters:
     

    Inger Andersen, Director General, International Union for the Conservation of Nature IUCN, newly appointed Head of UN Environment

     

    H.E. Ambassador Michael Gaffey, Permanent Representative of Ireland to the UN and International Organizations in Geneva

     

    Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director, International Trade Centre

     

    Elhadj As Sy, Secretary-General, International Federation of Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies

     

    Moderator: Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women@theTable

     

    Gender Balance Index 2019 launch

    At the Embassy of Switzerland, Ambassador's Residence, London 7 March 17:30

    Promoting gender balance in public-private finance

    OMFIF is launching the sixth annual Gender Balance Index, which tracks the presence of women in senior positions at central banks and sovereign funds.

    Alexandre Fasel, Ambassador, Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom

     

     

    Keynote:

    Monika Bütler, Member of the Bank Council, Swiss National Bank

     

    Speakers:

     

    Ghadir Cooper, Global Head of Equities, Barings

     

    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Founder and Executive

    Director, Women@TheTable

     

    Martin Taylor, Member of the Financial Policy Committee, Bank of England

     

    The Smart Feminist City

    CSW Side Event, Church Center for the United Nations, New York

    12 March, 16:30-17:30

    What would a sustainable SMART humanist city  for the 21st century that has gender equality, climate change resilience, and democratic values at the core of its creativity and governance look like?   We call this The Smart Feminist City and will explore visions and plans to make it a reality with urban planners, activists, and funders at this event that also celebrates Women@theTable's first year at CSW with official ECOSOC status.    In collaboration with Plan International.    

    WTO Female Directors Network

    WTO Executive Dining Room, Geneva

    2 April, 12:30-14:00

        Women@theTable's Executive Director and Founder Caitlin Kraft-Buchman will be the Guest Speaker at the WTO Female Directors Network Luncheon.    

    (en)gendering the smart city

    WSIS World Summit on the Information Society

    International Telecommunication Union, Geneva

    11 April, 13:00-14:15

    .Technology with gender at its core - SMART Cities Enabling More Connective Human Experience

    Hosted by Women@theTable & ITU

    Moderator: Ambassador Makeda Antoine-Cambridge, Permanent Representative of Trinidad & Tobago to the UN Office at Geneva

    Panel: Commissioner Adolfo Cuevas, Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, Mexico

    Tatiana Delgado Fernandez, Vice President, Union of Informatics Professionals Cuba

    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, CEO/Women@theTable

     gender equality

    Fédération Equestre Internationale FEI Sports Forum

    15 April, 09:30-11:00

    The Sports Forum’s first day will begin with a session dedicated to gender equality. Even though equestrian is the only Olympic sport in which men and women compete on equal terms at all levels, improvements, especially regarding representation in governance-related positions (Committees, NFs, etc.) can be improved.

    Women@theTable is thrilled to participate on the opening panel with the President of the Equestrian Federation, one of our International Gender Champions.

    Grassroots Academy

    Huairou Commission, 13 - 14 May,

    0900-1730, Graduate Institute Conference Center

    Women@theTable is overjoyed to be the co-host of the Huairou Commission's Grassroots Academy for over 35 women leaders from Asia, Africa, and Latin America for two days of strategy & advocacy in advance of the formal global platform for disaster risk reduction taking place in Geneva.

    The Smart Feminist City 3.0

    13 May, ITU, 2-3:30

    13th Symposium on ICT, Environment and Climate Change


    The International Telecommunication Union together with Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Secretariat, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, UN Environment, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Global Compact, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, United Nations Industrial Development Organization and UN-Women is organizing the 13th Symposium on ICT, Environment and Climate Change. The theme of this year's Symposium: “The role of frontier technologies in combating climate change and achieving a circular economy".

     

    Our own Caitlin Kraft-Buchman will speak on the panel: Frontier Innovators: Are We There Yet?

    speaking about The Smart Feminist City 3.0

    Gender Responsive Standards Declaration No Fly signing

    14 May, 11am-1pm, UNECE

    International Standards Bodies, governmental authorities, regional and intergovernmental organizations, NGOs, UN organizations, academic and research institutions will sign on to the Gender Responsive Standards Declaration in the making since 2017.

    Women

    @theTable

    @ Women Deliver

    2-6 June, Vancouver

    Women@theTable is delighted to be participating in a series of events at Women Deliver, the triennial conference on women's health now focused on power, and gathering over 8,500 feminists from across the globe to connect and take action on the issues critical to women having agency and influence.

    Women in Big Data 2019

    20-21 June, Zürich

     

    Panel: “Career Trajectories - A Lifetime of Challenges”

     

    This 2nd international workshop for women in big data brings together a multi disciplinary group working on Big Data research in academia and industry.

    Organized as part of the National Research Program “Big Data” (NRP 75), administered by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). The focus of NRP 75 is on Big Data research from multiple disciplinary perspectives, tackling a variety of technical, societal, regulatory, and ethical research issues.

    WiBD 2019 cuts across disciplines. It brings together international scholars working on Big Data research with NRP 75 women for talks, posters, panel discussions, as well as informal exchanges. The workshop invites women working on Big Data research to connect with each other, to discuss the challenges they face in their careers as well as in research, and to allow for potential exchanges leading to future research collaboration.

     

     

     

    Women in Big Data 2019

    20-21 June, Zürich

     

    Keynote: Caitlin Kraft-Buchman Women@theTable

    Triple A - Affirmative Action for Algorithms: A concrete call for action

     

    Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian media theorist, famously stated that “We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us”.

    If algorithms are fed with sexist data from skewed databases, the writers of algorithms are not taking bias into consideration, AND the algorithms are impossible to audit, what can we do to ensure we do not bake in bias so deeply we will be unable to remove it from machine learning systems.

    This keynote will propose Triple A: Affirmative Action for Algorithms, a concrete call to action to correct the real life bias and barriers that prevent women from achieving full participation and rights. We will examine actions ranging from universities to government to private sector initiatives, pledges, actions, and the opportunity to catalyze a movement.

     

    Gender Parity in UN Human Rights Bodies & Mechanisms

    27 June, 3:30-4:30, Room VIII,

    Palais de Nations, Geneva

    The Human Rights Council plays a significant role in highlighting issues of concern for the international
    community, encouraging States and UN bodies and agencies to take action to overcome
    situations of discrimination, and setting forward recommendations that promote that agenda.
    In this sense, the HRC can play a fundamental role in overcoming the historic inequality
    faced by women when it comes to participation and representation in international bodies.


    A discussion on the scope and impact of women’s
    underrepresentation in international bodies to explore the different contributions +
    actions that the HRC, and other UN bodies, agencies, and mechanisms, could undertake to
    promote gender parity in international bodies.

     

     

    • Opening Remarks: Meskerem Geset Techane, Chair, WG Discrimination against Women in Law & in Practice
    •  
    • Baroness Helena Kennedy, Director of the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI)
    • Verónica Birga, Chief of the Women's Human Rights and Gender Section of the OHCHR 
    • Diego Ruiz Gayol, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the UN in Geneva
    • Claudia Martin, Co-Director Academy for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, GQUAL Campaign Secretariat
    • Moderator: Caitlin Kraft-Buchman Women@theTable

    Chatham House 2019 Gender & Growth Forum

    8-9 July, London

    This annual forum brings together action-oriented policymakers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, activist and academics to generate key policy ideas and support the work of the Women 20 (W20) and other international forums.

    The central idea behind the forum this year is solutions to re-shape the world of work so that it works not only for women but for society as a whole.

     

    Women At The Table is very proud to be participating with our Call to Action for Affirmative Action for Algorithms on Session Three: Women driving the digital revolution

    Digital technology is fundamentally changing the way we work and live, bringing tremendous opportunities to support the public good, but also risks and new challenges. Blockchain technology, for example, offers a powerful tool to fix sustainability problems in many fields such as supply chain traceability, migrant labour and financial inclusion. But, given the low level of participation of women in the design and development of digital technologies, how can we prevent the amplification of gender discrimination by biased data-sets, models and algorithms in Artificial Intelligence (AI)? This session will examine how we can build ethical, moral, and human values into the future of AI and what governance mechanisms must be in place to minimize AI’s potential harm and maximize its benefits.

     

    Panel                    

    Mark Blick, Head of Government Solutions, Diginex, Hong Kong

    Allison Gardner, Lecturer, Keele University, Co-Founder Women Leading in AI

    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, CEO/Founder, Women at the Table, Switzerland

    Janneke Niessen, Founder, Capital IT, The Netherlands

     

    Moderator: Emily Taylor, Associate Fellow, International Security Department, and Editor, Journal of Cyber Policy, Chatham House; CEO, Oxford Information Labs

     

    Human Rights Council Annual Panel Discussion on the integration of a gender perspective in the work of the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms

    23 September

    4-6pm CET, Human Rights Council,

    Palais des Nations, Geneva

    Panel discussion will be broadcast live and archived on http://webtv.un.org

     

    The 2019 panel discussion themeGender-responsive initiatives to accelerate gender equality’ will focus on gender parity as a key element of gender equality and how it contributes to the integration of a gender perspective in the work of the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms.

    The panel will analyze new gender-responsive initiatives, such as gender responsive assemblies, and how they have potential to drive effective change within the HRC and its mechanisms.

     

    • Women@theTable & Founder Caitlin Kraft-Buchman  have been asked to 

    Moderate the Annual Panel Discussion  

    with

    •  Ms Elizabeth S. Salmón, Chair of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee
    •  Ms Alejandra Vicente, Member of the Secretariat of the GQUAL Campaign and Head of Law at REDRESS, and others. 
    • Ms Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights will provide an opening statement at the panel discussion.

    IGC-Vienna Champions Meeting

    8 October

    11-12:30

    Vienna International Conference Center, VIC

    Conference Room 4

     

    Opening Remarks H.E. Ambassador Barbara Zvokeli, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the UN, OSCE, and other International Organizations in Vienna

     

    Introductory Remarks Yury Fedotov, Director-General/Executive Director United Nations Office at Vienna, and UN Office on Drugs and Crime

     

    Intervention Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director International Trade Centre, and Chair of IGC Global Board

     

    IGC Impact Groups, Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Co-Founder IGC, CEO / Founder Women@theTable

     

    Interactive Champion discussion on IGC Impact Groups

     

     

    Ada Lovelace Day Launch

    <A+> Alliance Website

    8 October

     

     

    Launch of the <A+> Alliance Website

     

    aplusalliance.org

     

    with Women@theTable and wonderful partner Ciudadania Inteligente

     

    Women's Rights, Women's Lives

    10 October 1:00pm - 2:30 pm

    Women@theTable offices

    in collaboration with IPPF

     

    Frontline women from

    • the Egyptian Family Planning Association,
    • Reproductive and Family Health Association of Fiji, 
    •  CIES Centro de Investigacion, Educacion, y Servicios, Bolivia 

    will share personal stories about their day-to-day work and shine a spotlight on the human rights challenges women and girls face daily in the intersection of their work and the broader human rights and development agendas.

     

    Seeking to move beyond traditional conversations this briefing is in an opportunity to hear directly frontline women on how peace-building, civic space, health, education, climate change, sustainability and indigenous rights are all inextricably linked to the rights of women and girls including SRHR.

     

    The discussion will be held under Chatham House Rules. Invitation Only.

    A light lunch will be served.

    MozFest2019

     

    26-27 October, London

     

    'Coding Gender Equality: Affirmative Action for Algortihms'

    a Learning Forum at MozFest led by our partners at Ciudadania Inteligente to explore our <A+> Alliance Declaration and Action Plan.

     

    The theme of the Mozilla Festival this year is

    "Healthy AI"

    & the <A+> Alliance will be there

    with a side event featuring our new Alliance and what developers can do to take action and join.

     

    'Explore how machines are making decisions for us now, and what AI advances are on the horizon. Together we’ll brainstorm ways to bring more social responsibility, ethics, and user agency to AI... today, and in the future.'

    H22 Summit

    The making of a smarter city

    5-6 November, Helsingborg

     

    How Innovation will Change our Cities?

    A full two days in Helsingborg, Sweden at the H22 Summit in one of the smartest cities in the world.

     

    Women@theTable is incredibly proud to be there 'In Conversation' with a Deep Talk onstage on 'AI & Equality'.

    Paris Peace Forum

    11-13 November, Paris

     

    The International Gender Champions take the stage again after being picked as one of the ten projects the Paris Paris Forum chose to honor and follow in the first year of Paris Peace Forum existence 2018-2019.

    Reykjavík Global Forum

    18-20 November, Reykjavik

     

    The Reykjavík Global Forum is where women leaders discuss and share ideas and solutions on how to further advance society,

    annually co-hosted by Women Political Leaders (WPL), and the Government and Parliament of Iceland.

    Each year the Forum invites 450 leaders from around the globe, including Presidents and Prime Ministers and other public figures, as well as leaders from business, academia, civil society, arts, media and more who are playing a vital role in their respective fields sharing ideas, insights and experiences.

    Women@theTable is thrilled to be invited this year.

    BSI Standards Conference & Awards

    21 November, London

     

    Standards Conference, featuring the BSI Standards Awards, to focus on future trends and a global perspective.

     

    Closing Plenary

     

    The theme of the discussion for the closing panel will be addressing human needs in standards, including how to be inclusive of human diversity/differences.

    • Nike Folayan - Chairperson, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers 
    • Wilson Wong - Head of Insight & Futures, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
    • Caitlin Kraft-Buchman - CEO / Founder, Women@TheTable
    • Stephanie Eynon - Standards-Makers Development and Engagement Manager, BSI

     

     

    Internet Governance Forum, IGF

    25-29 November, Berlin

     

     

    <A+> Alliance is honored to have its official launch during the Internet Governance Forum co-hosted

    with and by GIZ, the service provider for economic cooperation and development of the German government.

     

    Launch <A+> Alliance

    26 November

    0930-1130

    Betahaus

    Rudi-Dutschke-Str. 23

    10969 Berlin

     

     

    Private Briefing

    Data Scientists & Social Scientists

    27 November

    1330-1400

    Room Estrel 4 at IGF

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Women at the Table = w@tt

    galvanizing women’s influence & establishing new norms

     

     

    We are at a critical turning point.

     

    The “standardized male” is the default of flawed systems and cultural standards that currently control how we live and work – defaults so normalized we don’t even notice them. From drug trials and farm equipment to global trading rules, this is proven to harm people – and the bottom line. In fact, democracy itself is in peril. So women must establish new norms.

     

     

    Gender equality & Democracy

     

    Women at the Table is a growing, global CSO based in Geneva – and the first organization to focus on systems change by helping feminists gain influence in sectors that have key structural impact: economy, democracy and governance, technology and sustainability.

     

    Based on an ambitious yet actionable 10-year plan, Women at the Table identifies leverage points in the intricate yet fundamental systems that dictate women’s day-to-day lives. We also spotlight and support women change-makers in order to share multiple, varied visions of women’s leadership and innovation.

    Define the rules

     

    Women at the Table exposes the systematic exclusion of women in defining the rules – and pinpoints strategic changes to laws, regulations and norms to achieve gender equality and strengthen democracy. By connecting the right people, at the right place at the right time, women are influentially involved in all levels of decision-making, so change can happen now.

    Establish new norms

     

    Women are an essential, untapped resource – with the power to reshape our society’s systems. It is crucial that we focus on gender equality and democracy for both women and men, now.

    Then everyone can thrive.

  • w@tt we do

    Galvanizing women’s influence & establishing new norms

    a growing global civil society organization based in Geneva, Switzerland

    the first organization to focus on systems change by helping feminists gain influence in sectors that have key structural impact: economy, democracy and governance, technology and sustainability.

    International Gender Champions

    Our first initiative in 2015

    One of w@tt’s first initiatives was conceiving and founding the International Gender Champions (IGC) with the then US Ambassador and UN Director-General in Geneva to form a collaborative network of senior female & male decision-makers who drive systems change. Using implementation of practical interventions to promote equality IGC now numbers 300+ Champions including the Secretary-General of the UN, Heads of many if not most International Organizations, NGOs, Ambassadors and private sector.

    Currently IGC has hubs in Geneva, New York, Vienna, Nairobi, Paris; IGC-Den Haag launched winter 2019 at the International Criminal Court. IGC-Paris launched autumn 2019 under the watchful eye of President Macron at the Paris Peace Forum. In summer 2018, a Finance Minister (Canada) joined IGC with the intention of founding an IGC-Finance Hub for International Finance Institutions and Finance Ministers with a baseline joint commitment to begin an organizational gender budgeting process within a 12 month timeframe.

    Impact

    Our first Impact Group and coalition

    Created for impact, IGC currently mobilizes Champion-led consortiums on Representation, Trade, Standards and Disarmament (and soon Finance). Its political action and draft of its Trade Impact Group’s Declaration on Trade and Women’s Economic Empowerment became the Buenos Aires Joint Declaration on Women and Trade, which was joined at the WTO Ministerial in December 2017 by an unexpected 120+ Member States and Observers, making it the first time in WTO, and GATT, history that women are mentioned in an official context of international trade. (Watch the short video with the amazing Arancha Gonzalez in the thumbnail.) The Declaration is critical in that it institutionally encourages countries to identify impact of trade on women and to take this into consideration in their trade agreements; with a potential massive impact on women’s economic status globally. w@tt and IGC will continue their trade work in collaboration with the International Trade Centre, Iceland, Sierra Leone and Botswana who co-chair the group, with a 13 member circle of Member States, (Canada, EU, Argentina, UK, Australia, Korea, Moldova, Kenya, Pakistan, Chile, Costa Rica), IOs (UNCTAD), NGOs (CUTS, ICTSD) with an action plan for change taking them to the WTO Ministerial in 2020.

    w@tt's pillars

    five strategic points of focus

    In order to connect frontline feminist change-makers, drive impact, and catalyse the influence of feminists with policy-makers w@tt focuses on five strategic pillars in fora where feminists have not traditionally been influential:

     

    Governance & Democracy where rules are made

     

    Economy where power is wielded

     

    Technology where the future is invented

     

    Sustainability where innovation is survival

     

    & At The Table, a portrayal project in 2020.

    w@tt is a systems entrepreneur

     

     

     

    Collaboration and innovation at the multilateral level with a feminist NGO driving change shoulder to shoulder with larger scale institutional partners is a new concept.

    w@tt is always looking for new partners & collaborations. Dedicated to bringing frontline women leaders to the table

     

  • Partnerships & Collaborations 2019

    Women@TheTable is honored to be collaborating with some trailblazing organizations, and their exceptional members & grantees in 2019 including...

    The Oak Foundation

    Issues Affecting Women Programme

    Oak: building a strong and vibrant movement of women who are empowered individually and collectively to challenge patriarchal norms and tackle the root causes of inequality.

    International Gender Champions

    Geneva, New York, Vienna, Nairobi, Den Haag

    A leadership network that brings together female & male decision-makers to break down gender barriers for system change.

    Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

    United Nations and International Organizations Division

    w@tt is extremely proud to be the Gender Platform working with the Swiss Government to highlight the Geneva Gender Experience in multilateral fora.

    Republique et Canton de Genève

    post tenebras lux

    w@tt is grateful for the support of the Republique et Canton de Genève.

    Paris Peace Forum

    Chosen to be one of ten projects followed by the Paris Peace Forum over the year. IGC will help open the 2019 edition.

    IP​U

    Inter-Parliamentary Union

    Co-Chairs w/ w@tt & Sweden of the IGC Representation Impact Group

    ITC

    International Trade Centre

    Co-Chairs w/ Iceland & Botswana of the IGC Trade Impact Group

    UNECE

    UN Economic Commission for Europe

    Initiative for Gender-Responsive Standards

    UNIDIR

    UN Institute for Disarmament Research

    Co-Chairs w/ Ireland, Canada, Namibia of the IGC Disarmament Impact Group

    #SheTrades

    International Trade Centre (ITC) Women & Trade Programme

    bringing one million women to market by 2020

    Graduate Institute Geneva

    Credit Suisse

    Working on w@tt's idea for Open Source Software that can track women's participation & influence in international fora

    ECOSOC

    United Nations Economic and Social Council

    w@tt is extremely proud to have achieved ECOSOC status at the UN in 2018.

    Plan International

    UNCTAD

    UN Conference on Trade & Development

    World Bank Group

    Women, Business & The Law

    Women in Global Health

    Increasing the visibility and recognition of women’s contributions to global health & achieving gender equality in global health leadership.

    Wamama Tujenge

    Femmes.

    Batisseuses de la Paix.

    Stories of ordinary women creating extraordinary change in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with partner Julienne Lusenge, recipient of  French Legion of Honour, Amnesty International’s Ginetta Sagan Award & 2018 International Women's Rights Award.

    Media Matters for Women

    Our partner in Wamama Tujenge, Media Matters for Women is at the forefront of harnessing the potential of mobile phones to address the unmet information needs of women and girls in rural Africa. 

    Huairou Commission

    Women, Homes, Communities

    A global coalition empowering grassroots women leaders in development and policy-making around the world.

    TrustLaw

    Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro bono legal programme connecting high-impact NGOs and social enterprises working to create social and environmental change with the best law firms and corporate legal teams to provide them with free legal assistance and groundbreaking legal research.

  • Women@theTable

    w@tt

    the beginning

    Women@theTable, w@tt, was conceived in 2014 after an inspiring and searing encounter with Julienne Lusenge, storied Congolese women's human rights defender, who was leading a delegation of extraordinary women from the Democratic Republic of Congo to the Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London. Speaking about women's efforts to end the decades long conflict Julienne explained that (basically) you need to be a man with a gun to be invited to make peace at the table.

    back in Geneva

    The Oak Foundation signaled its support to try a new approach for a movement building group to propel extraordinary women onto their rightful place and the gender agenda more firmly unto the global stage.

    an association

    In 2015, Women@theTable officially became an Association under Swiss Law with the purpose to help more women have more amplified voices, more seats, and more influence at decision-making tables wherever those decision-making tables may be in governance, economy, technology, sustainability and peace.

    our mission

    We work vertically (from the frontline roots to the tips - from the market woman to the central banker), and strategically across chosen sectors bringing voices where few are heard or have influence, building new platforms, and knitting together new coalitions for change.

    the first initiative

    w@tt approached the US Mission in Geneva to host a Salon Series to discuss various issues in the women's rights space. These Salons, which became a tremendous success, were curated to gather high level actors with a broad spectrum of portfolios to strategize and create space for more women at the table.

    and first Salon

    Our first Salon, March 2015, in participation with The Future She Deserves, an initiative of the US Mission, curated and moderated by w@tt founder Caitlin Kraft-Buchman dealt with Women’s Leadership. The Salon addressed the catalytic question: What are the barriers to women having visibility and influence in corridors of power from the grassroots to the top of International Geneva?

     

    Salon goers dove into conversation. Ambassadors from New Zealand, Chile, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Belgium, Denmark, the EU; DCMs from Canada, Spain, Tanzania, The Netherlands, Sweden; Directors from ICRC, UNOG, UNHCR, UNECE, WFF, GCERF, IPU, WMO, WIPO, WHO and other Geneva organizations; as well as Geneva civil society represented by the Oak Foundation, Womanity Foundation, and Geneva Call participated in the debate. Rapporteurs read out each table’s insights and it became clear that there was interest and will to create some sort of Champion group.

     

    Immediately afterwards the Directors from UNOG who attended the Salon called to say that the Director-General would be interested in a Champion network, and so the International Geneva Gender Champions began with its three founders the Director-General of United Nations Office at Geneva Michael Møller; Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto US Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organizations; and Caitlin Kraft-Buchman Executive Director of Women@theTable. Listen to a podcast about the creation of the platform here.

    becomes the International Gender Champions

    International Geneva Gender Champions held its announcement launch July 1, 2015 at the Palais des Nations with over 30 Ambassadors and Heads of International Organizations. As of January 2018 we numbered 207 Ambassadors, Heads of International Organizations, NGOs, and CEOs based in Geneva, including a growing number of Alumni. A New York group soft launched October 2016 in preparation for a hard launch at CSW in New York March 2017 where the new Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, signed on (again as he was one of our first Champions in Geneva as High Commissioner of Refugees).

     

    We changed our name to International Gender Champions – Geneva to ably include New York (International Gender Champions – New York), and our anticipated expansion to other cities and sectors in 2018, including International Gender Champions - Vienna, and International Gender Champions-Nairobi.

     

    We have begun to effect great change in the conversation about Gender in Geneva, the composition of panels, work on balanced delegations, how to effect systemic change, and at the very least upped the profile of deserving and brilliant women in Geneva for whom a place was made at the panel table due to the initiative.

    w@tt ...

    Women@theTable is intimately involved in the strategic thrust and growth of International Gender Champions, however its core work is on the suite of w@tt pillars on governance, the economy, technology, sustainability, peace, and in 2018: sport, and w@tt’s ‘portrayal’ for rock star feminists. All parts which intersect, harmonize, and interact to make a whole greater than the sum of its parts for platforms, visibility and influence for feminists and humanists.

  • getting there from here

    propel: established, but heretofore largely unknown, leaders, and emerging leaders to receive strategic communications support, contacts, and connections to the global stage.

     

    support: media training & coaching for print, video, social

    + conferences/summits. Ongoing tactical & strategic support, coaching, mentorship & network beyond and past initial training

     

    platform: existing networks in business, government, technology, sustainability + peace. Connect networks from the local to the global, within themselves,

    and with other movements + activists.

    Create larger networks beyond the networks currently active. Find new partners, new advocates, new alliances

     

    converse: start conversations in places where there have been none.

    Add new, add diverse + multi- disciplinary voices to reinvigorate the conversation that exists. Make the local conversation global, and the global conversation robust, urgent and vibrant.

     

    coalesce: weave conversations together, unite for a common end, begin to interact on other networks' agendas, collaborate, make networks whole, be a movement.

    objectives. outcomes. impact.

    objectives

    Stimulate + nurture conversations adding more innovative women's voices in new spaces vertically within disciplines and horizontally across conversations.

     

    Identify key emerging and established FEMALE + MALE leaders whose vision needs to be amplified and supported through a strategic messaging process.

     

     

    outcome

    Tacticians who are focussed and armed with high-level strategic outreach

    to media, governments, funders + conferences.

     

    More dynamic and actionable communications and conversations that include robust and stimulating gender dimensions.

     

    impact

    A larger global platform in the public space,

    and more frequent + vibrant conversations about equal numbers of women everywhere at decision-making tables in social, economic, and political spheres.

     

  • Gender equality & democracy

    establishing new norms, now

    Lucy Smith and Pauline Ranken of the Ladies' Scottish Climbing Club, Salisbury Crags. c.1908

    Lucy Smith and Pauline Ranken of the Ladies' Scottish Climbing Club, Salisbury Crags. c.1908

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