• Women@TheTable


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

    in governance. in the economy. in technology.

    in sustainability. in sport.


  • We make gender visible on the global stage galvanizing programs that target systemic change

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


    We make gender a discussion point in the larger mainstream debate leveraging

    five strategic pillars :

    Governance where rules are made

    Economy where power is held

    Technology where the future is invented


    and focus on

    Sustainability the greatest challenge of our century

    & Peace without which no pillar can stand

    We create spaces on mainstream platforms

    by 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.

    through targeted initiatives such as the International Gender Champions.

  • women@thetable = w@tt


     equal numbers of dynamic, progressive women at the decision-making table

    = a unit of power, energy flow per unit time, something that needs to be harnessed in order to be released in its most potent form. 


    Our Mission

    Support, Propel

    Coalesce & Scale


    leaders who articulate the need

    for equal numbers of women @decision-making tables

    wherever the metaphorical table may be.

    Our Vision

    galvanize the voices of humanists, particularly women so that women's voices & their unique points of view are heard, and acted upon in the corridors of power.

    Create more platforms. Fuel more conversations. Make a movement.

    This is the moment to move the needle.


    We need to join forces

    to coalesce & scale achievable goals of 

    equal numbers of women and men  @decision-making tables everywhere.

  • w@tt's up


  • Events 2018

    some activities.

    11 January

    Trade Impact Working Group


    Brown Bag Lunch


    12 - 14 @ w@tt


    16 January

    IGC Focal Points


    2018 Kick Off Meeting


    10:30 -12:00 @ Palais

    25 January

    New Perspectives of the UN Working Group on Discrimination Against Women In Law & In Practice


    Hosted by

    Ambassador Socorro Flores Liera

    Permanent Mission of Mexico, Geneva


    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman

    Executive Director, Women@TheTable


    Co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Colombia and Mexico


    Come meet the new members of the DAW WG:

    Elizabeth BRODERICK (Australia)

    Alda FACIO (Costa Rica) Chair

    Ivana RADAčIć (Croatia)

    Meskerem Geset TECHANE

    Melissa UPRETI (Nepal/USA)



    Reception 18:00 - 19:30 w@tt offices

    6 February

    What's Working? Roundtable

    Preliminary findings from the

    2017 IGC Annual Survey

    and Roundtable.

    Bring the best practices that are transforming

    (or can transform !)

    your working culture



    12-14h lunch @ w@tt

    7 February

    EnGENDERing Success in STEM


    Laura Barrowman, Chief Technology Officer, Credit Suisse

    James Purvic, Head Human Resources, CERN

    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Founder, Women@theTable

    Sabine Süsstrunk, President EPFL-WISH Foundation

    Ivana Chingovska, Data Scientist, Swisscom




    Rolex Learning Center, EPFL

    CoLAB Credit Suisse


    22 February

    Sexual Harassment Policy


    with Special Guest

    Ambassador Jillian Dempster, New Zealand Mission to the UN in Geneva



    Roundtable to Discuss Good & Best Practice


    Of particular interest to small & large Missions





    12-14h, Lunch @ w@tt

    5 March

    International Women's Week

    Kick off




    IGC Champions Luncheon


    Launch of the IGC 2017 Annual Report


    co-hosted by

    Canadian Mission to the UN in Geneva,

    UN Office at Geneva,

    & Women@theTable



    Champions only event 12 -14h


    5 March

    International Women's Week

    Kick off




    Celebration of IGC Focal Points


    Launch of the IGC 2017 Annual Report









    Focal Points & Champions only

    Reception 17-19h @ w@tt


    27 March

    Don’t Turn a blind eye
    Sexual Harassment: learn, prevent, protect


    Brown Bag

    w/ Special Guest, Director of the University of Geneva’s Equal Opportunities Office, Brigitte Mantilleri


    Case Study & discussion on the two year journey from student satisfaction survey to work with scientists, focus groups, communications agencies, students and faculty to produce a ground breaking Sexual Harassment campaign that can be reused and shared.




    12-14h Lunch @w@tt


  • Women@theTable


    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 grassroots 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- Bonn-Berlin, 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 ‘agency’ 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.




    International Gender Champions is a leadership network that brings together

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


    An initiative co-founded by the

    Director-General of the United Nations Office in Geneva,

    the Ambassador of the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva,

    and Women@TheTable.



  • 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.


    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.




    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.



    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.


  • Join Us

    Have a collaboration in mind? Want to join our team?

    Follow us on social media or come visit us at Maison de la Paix in Geneva.




  • Some  events and collaborations from

    2015 - 2017

  • Events 2017

    Selected events.

    24 January

    New York!

    International Gender Champions- New York Focal Point Meeting

    Breakfast @ the Swiss Mission 08:30 - 10:00

    2 February

    Geneva! International Gender Champions-Geneva Focal Point Meeting

    Palais des Nations, Room XXV, UNOG 10:00 - 12:00

    7, 21, 23 February

    IGC Commitment Clinic

    In Person - w@tt offices Maison de la Paix

    On Line - via skype w@tt 3-5pm CET

    1 March

    Reception International Gender Champions

    greet the women leaders of the Breakthrough Barriers Summit



    H.E. Margot Wallström,

    Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sweden


    'What Difference Does a Feminist Foreign Policy Make?'


    5 - 7:30 pm


    2 March

    Breakthrough Barriers Summit


    Sitting women leaders from around the world discuss accelerating gender equality in private roundtables


    9am - 5pm Graduate Institute

    2 March

    Breakthrough Barriers Summit


    Public Event

    A gender reality check in global leadership


    Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi

    Hina Jilani, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan

    Melanne Verveer, former US Ambassador Global Women's Issues


    Graduate Institute Geneva,

    Pictet Auditorium

    6 - 7:30pm

    8 March

    International Women's Day events with

    International Gender Champions, UNOG, & Switzerland with International Sporting Federations


    20 March

    Launch of

    International Gender Champions-New York !


    With Special Guest:

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres


    Ambassador Jürg Lauber, Switzerland

    Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women

    Azadeh Khalili, NYC Commission on Gender Equity

    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women@theTable

    30 March

    President Michelle Bachelet of Chile

    becomes an Honorary Gender Champion



    hosted by Canton de Genève


    4 April

    Gender Responsive Standards Convening



    10:00 - 1630

    UNECE hosted by ITC


    4 April

    Women in Science:

    Break the Cliché


    Ambassador Elisabeth Laurin, France

    Fabiola Gianotti - Director-General, CERN

    Elena Manaekova - Deputy Director General, WMO

    Dame Julia Slingo, Chief Scientist, MET Office, UK



    Doreen Bogdan-Martin, ITU

    Nicola Spaldin, ETHZ

    Fiona Tummon, ETHZ.

    Pierre Vandergheynst, Director of Education, EPFL



    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman,



    WMO Salle Obasi

    14 - 16:00

    Hosted by the French Mission


    10 May

    Gender Responsive Standards

    Web Ex Follow up


    Organized by UNECE


    16 May

    Brown Bag Breakfast: Single-Sex Panel Language



    When a Champion is asked to participate in a panel, IGC recommends that the Champion's office include correspondence to the organisers letting them know that the Champion has taken the IGC Panel Parity Pledge & requesting that organisers consider the gender balance of the panel.

    Sometimes champions turn up to find that panels are single-sex.


    What's the appropriate communication piece for Champions to use when they find themselves in such situations.



    8:30 - 10am (breakfast will be served)

    Women@TheTable offices, Maison de la Paix

    18 May

    Roundtable Lunch: Strengthening Gender Responsive Language in International Fora


    Special Guests:

    Dr. Jannie Lilja, Swedish Mission to the UN Geneva

    Veronica Birga,

    Chief Women's Human Rights + Gender Section, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights



    How can we support our champions in advocating for strong gender responsive language?


    Review gender responsive language aimed at promoting equality and women's empowerment in international fora.

    This is a particularly timely event given the number of Governing Bodies meetings taking place in May and June


    This roundtable is particularly for those whose champions have made commitments that reference the need to strengthen the language they use in resolutions, statements and other negotiated documents.




    12:30 - 14:00 (sandwiches served @ 12:00)

    Women@TheTable offices,

    Maison de la Paix


    23 May


    Spring IGC Focal Point Meeting - Geneva

    10 - 10:45 With Communications Teams

    Sharing information, Blasting the Network


    10:45 - 11:00

    Focal Points

    What's Happening ?

    Wisdom from the Network

    Palais des Nations,

    Room XXV

    Building E, Door 40


    30 May


    IGC Change Management Impact Group : Towards Gender-Responsive Change Management


    with Tinna Nielsen, Anthropologist, Founder Move the Elephant.


    Guest Speakers:

    Jan Beagle, Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS

    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women@theTable


    What are the barriers? What's holding us back from gender parity?

    Discussion and solutions.


    For Human Resources professionals, change management and gender focal points across the IGC network



    Co-Chairs: UK Mission & UNAIDS

    Venue: UN AIDS,

    Kofi Annan Room


    11:00 - 15:30


    30 May


    Mid Term Review


    The Champions twice yearly meeting.


    Bringing strong solutions that are working


    And obstacles that are difficult


    For discussion.


    Champions Only


    17:30 - 19:30

    Venue: Palais


    31 May

    UN Environment Launch

    Global Gender & Environment Outlook


    Jan DUSIK, Director, Europe Office, UN Environment

    Joni SEAGER, author Global Gender Outlook, Chair Global Studies Department Bentley University, Boston

    Elena VILLALOBOS PRATS, Climate Change and Health, World Health Organization

    Sarah LEUGERS, Gold Standard

    Seline MEIJER, People in Nature (PiN) initiative, IUCN 



    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women@theTable





    8:30 -10

    in the sunshine

    Maison de la Paix

    in front of Women@theTable offices





    5 & 6 June

    Advocacy Training


    Youth Forum


    What's an elevator pitch?

    How to tell your story effectively.


    Women@theTable workshops for the Youth Forum leaders gathered to advocate at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council


    15:30 - 17:30

    5 June: Servette

    6 June: CAGI


    12 June

    State of the World's Fathers 2017 Report Launch


    Presentation of Report & Launch:

    • Gary Barker,  President/CEO, Promundo

    The Personal & Political:   

    • Gary Barker
    • Shereen El-Feki, Co-Author
    • Gilles Crittenden, MenCare, Switzerland 

    Advocacy & Political Will:

    •  Gary Barker
    • Madeleine Rees,  Secretary-General, WILPF 
    • Lana Wells,  Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary
    • ILO

    Moderator: Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, 




    10am - noon   


    Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

    Maison de la Paix, Auditorium A2

    Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2A Geneva


    14 June

    Ensuring Equal Representation Event

    Human Rights Council Side Event


    International Gender Champions

    Representation Impact Group


    Champions & Activists, including:

    • Director-General Michael Møller, UNOG
    • Ambassador Veronika Bard, Sweden
    • Ambassador Suraya Dalil, Afghanistan
    • Ambassador Julian Braithwaite, UK
    • Ambassador Beatriz Londoño Soto, Colombia
    • Director-General Scott Weber, Interpeace
    • YWCA Youth Forum Activists from DRC, Colombia, Myanmar & Sierra Leone

    Moderator: Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women@theTable


    14.00 - 15.30

    Palais des Nations,

    Room XIV, Cinema room (A-building, floor 1)


    4 July

    Special Reception:


    Greet new CEDAW Chairperson

    Professor Dalia Leinarte


    We are especially pleased to host this event to strengthen ties & understanding of CEDAW's work and honored that the new Chairperson will join us when CEDAW begins its session Monday, 3 July.


    18.00 - 19.30

    Women@theTable offices at Interpeace

    Maison De La Paix, Petal 5

    4th floor

    9 - 11 August

    Advancing Women in Leadership Forum for Africa and Asia


    a platform for men and women leaders in Africa and Asia to discuss how the International Olympic Committee’s decision of setting a minimum target of 30 per cent of women in decision-making positions by 2020 can be achieved.


    w@tt CEO/Founder will speak at plenary session “Championing Gender Equality– Everyone should get involved.”


    Organized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) & National Olympic Committee of Rwanda

    Kigali 9 - 11 August

    29 August

    IGC Focal Point Fall Kick Off



    la rentrée what's in store for the IGC Network this fall: goals & collaborations






    10.00 - 11.30

    UNOG Palais

    room to be determined

    4 September

    Brown Bag: Impact Group Meeting



    Action Plans & Collaborations for Representation, Change Management, Trade & Health Impact Groups





    12.00 - 14.00

    Women@theTable offices

    @ Interpeace / Maison de la Paix

    19 September

    Roundtable: Gender Marker


    What is it? Who does it? Why use it ?

    & How?


    Bring your best practices and your questions as we share insights with experts from UN AIDS, Canada, and CARE.


    12.00 - 14.00

    Women@theTable offices

    @ Interpeace / Maison de la Paix

    26 September

    WTO Public Forum 2017:


    'How Trade Can Help Achieve Sustainable Development Goal #5 - Gender Equality.'


    H.E. Héctor Casanueva  -Ambassador, Chile to the WTO


    Sahra English – Vice President, Global Public Policy, Mastercard


    Leslie Griffin - Senior Vice President, International Public Policy, UPS


    Ranya Shamoon - Europe Vice President Femcare Global Business Unit, Proctor & Gamble


    Moderated by:

    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman – CEO/Founder, Women@theTable


    11.30 - 13.00

    WTO Room S1

    * Please note it is necessary to register for the WTO PF

    BEFORE 12 September


    2 October


    iKnowPolitics & International Gender Champions Co-Convene


    A Filmed Roundtable Discussion on How Male Champions Can Catalyze Female Political Participation


    H.E. Nazhat Shameem Khan, Ambassador of the Republic of Fiji


    H.E. Elayne Whyte Gómez, Ambassador of the Republic of Costa Rica


    Michael Møller, Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva


    Moderator: Martin Chungong, Secretary General, Interparliamentary Union


    UNOG, Palais

    3-5 October


    GQUALS Conference: The Hague

    Changing the Picture of International Justice


    Proud to participate in the GQUALS Conference including presentation on Best Practices + Ideas for Improving Gender Equality: Examples from Successful Initiatives


    Tamara Box, Steering Committee 30% Club


    Boris Kasolowsky, Equal Representation in Arbitration (ERA) Pledge


    Claudia Hoefer, Senior Legal Officer International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)


    Vincent Ploton, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)


    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women@theTable


    Moderator: Nani Jansen, Doughty Street Chambers


    The Hague

    5 October


    Achieving the SDGs through Sport:



    Institutional responses for achieving SDGs through and in sport by multi stake-holders initiatives and other actors



    Facilitator :

    • Emmanuel Bayle, University of Lausanne (UNIL)


    • John Morrison, IHRB Director, Representative of the MegaSporting Events + Human Rights Platform

    • World Sport Alliance (WSA), Dr. Gilles Klein, Chair

    • International Gender Champions,Caitlin Kraft Buchman











    Lausanne, Beaulieu




    9-10 October


    Advancing Women in Leadership Roles Forum in Europe with International Olympic Committee


    'It's Time for Women to Run for Office'

    • Halla Tomasdottir, Iceland business

      person and public speaker

    • Raffaele Pagnozzi, Secretary General, European Olympic Committee

    • Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, CEO/Founder, Women@theTable & co-founder of International Geneva Gender Champion

    • Maurizio Mosca, Stakeholders Relation Officer, European Institute for Gender Equality


    Vilnius, Lithuania

    11 October


    Day of the Girl Event

    @ WHO


    Keynote: Kate Gilmore, Deputy High Commissioner, OHCHR

    Presentation: Global Early Adolescent Study:

    Robert Blum, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    Panel discussion:

    Catherine Godin, DPR, Canadian Mission

    Monica Ferro, Director, UNFPA Office Geneva

    Sophia Pierre-Antoine, FRIDA Feminist Fund

    Daniela Zelaya, YWCA

    Lianne Gonsalves, WHO

    V. Chandra-Mouli, WHO

    Zoya Rizvi, Ministry Health & Family Welfare, India

    Moderator: Caitlin Kraft-Buchman Women@theTable



    World Health Organization, Salle B, 1200-1400



    13 October


    Brown Bag Breakfast: Small Missions,

    Big Impact



    for Small Missions & those who collaborate with them
























    Women@theTable offices


    17 October

    Roundtable: THE MAN BOX


    w/ Gary Barker, Promundo




    What's working in the engaging men & boys movement ? What are the surprises from The Man Box research ? Where are the opportunities for collaboration within International Geneva ?























    Women@theTable offices

    @ Petal 5,

    Maison de la Paix


    17 October


    A Public Lecture & Panel



    Claire Somerville, Executive Director, The Gender Centre, Graduate Institute of Geneva


    Presentation: The Man Box research, Gary Barker, President/ CEO, Promundo



    H.E. Jorge Lomónaco, Ambassador Mexico to International Organizations in Geneva


    H.E. Kok Jwee Foo, Ambassador Singapore to International Organizations in Geneva


    V. Chandra-Mouli, Scientist, World Health Organization


    Gary Barker, Promundo


    Moderator: Caitlin Kraft-Buchman,





    Graduate Institute of Geneva, Auditorium B 1830 -2000
















    Women@theTable offices

    @ Petal 5,

    Maison de la Paix


    23 October

    Gender Responsive Standards


    Web Ex follow up


    Organized by UNECE

    23 October

    Gender Responsive Standards Web Ex follow up


    Organized by UNECE

    30 October

    Towards a Pollution Free Planet: UNEA 3 Briefing


    Gender & Pollution Panel


    Moderated by Women@theTable


    Organized by UN Environment

    1400- 1600 International Environment House II

    31 October

    IGC Trade Impact Group Meeting


    0930-1100 International Trade Centre

    3 November

    Breakfast Brown Bag: UN SWAP


    Women@theTable offices


    7 November

    Roundtable: Gender & Artificial Intelligence


    organized with Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Gender Division


    Women@theTable offices


    17 - 19 November

    Gender Hackathon




    Impact Hub Geneva

    24 November

    IGC-Vienna Annual Meeting


    OSCE MenEngage Experts Meeting



    Vienna International Centre &


    28 November

    IGC-Geneva Annual Meeting








    UK Ambassadors Residence

    30 November

    Gender Lens to UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights



    UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights



    5 December

    IGC- Nairobi Soft Launch




    The Tent @ UNEA


    6 December

    Wamama Tujenge premieres throughout the DRC on local radio stations


    The Democratic Republic of Congo


    12 December

    Handover of The Buenos Aires Declaration on Women & Trade


    MC11, Buenos Aires



    19 December

    IGC End of Year &

    Planning for International Women's Week 5 - 9 March


    w@tt offices



    January 2018 events


    11 Jan: Impact groups Lunch 12 - 14 @ w@tt


    16 Jan: Focal Point Q1

    10 -11:30 @ Palais


    24 Jan: Discrimination Against Women Working Group

    Panel 18-20 @ Graduate Institute



  • Partnerships & Collaborations 2017

    Women@TheTable is honored to be collaborating with some trailblazing organizations, and their exceptional members & grantees in 2017 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, Bonn-Berlin, Vienna

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

    Breakthrough Barriers

    Women in the Public Sphere

    A co-production with the Women in Public Service Project of the Wilson Center. 2017 saw us bring together sitting women in the executive, judiciary, and legislature for a unique global gathering in Geneva.

    World YWCA

    Youth Forum @the Human Rights Council

    Working together with the amazing youth leaders gathered in Geneva to advocate at the Human Rights Council.

    Republique et Canton de Genève

    post tenebras lux

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

    Fondation Hirondelle

    Wamama Tujenge

    Hirondelle - Media for Peace & Human Dignity - and Kandindi are our producing partners in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo on Wamama Tujenge, Les Femmes Construisons la Paix.

    Media Matters For Women (MMW)

    Wamama Tujenge

    MMW: at the forefront of harnessing Bluetooth technology to address the unmet information needs of women and girls

    in rural Africa, our partner producing Wamama Tujenge bringing these stories of extraordinary women to the last mile !

    UN Environment

    Gender & Environment

    Launch of UN Environment's  

    Global Gender and Environment Outlook

    during World Environment Day celebrations in Geneva



    Women & Trade, International Trade Centre (ITC)

    bringing one million women entrepreneurs to market by 2020.


    Economic Commission for Europe

    Initiative for gender-responsive standards.

    Women in Global Health

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

  • 2016

    Pleased to share some of last year's events with you here:

    2 February

    Geneva Gender Champions:

    Working Group to Plan for 2016

    4 February

    Salon Series:

    Men & Boys, Women & Girls:

    Preventing Gender-Based Violence

    w/ Special Guest Nazir Afzal OBE

    22 - 26 February

    Geneva Gender Champions:

    Double XX Economy & Saïd Business School Interviews w/

    Champions + Focal Points

    7 & 8 March

    International Women's Day


    GGC @ the UNOG Library

    on Unconscious Bias



    6, 14, 19, 27 April

    Geneva Gender Champions Impact Groups:

    • 6:     Talent Development    Chair: WHO & WIPO  @WIPO
    • 14: UN SWAP & HR                         Chair: UNOG & OHCHR 
    • 19:   Delegations & Panels  Chair: ITU  @ITU
    • 27:   International Fora      Chair: France   @Palais



    22 April

    Brown Bag Impact #1:

    co-hosted at the GCSP


    The impact of women’s rights work: the impossible (?) task of charting progress from grass roots to the international level.

    Experiences and exasperations of a foreign policy official.

    Lunch with Chris Lomax /

    UK Mission


    27 April

    Tech Assembly:

    Visions of the Future from Women Technologists

    The Greek Theatre, La Grande Boissière, International School of Geneva

    27 April

    Geneva Gender Champions:

    Focal Point Working Group Meeting, @UNOG

    17 May

    Geneva Gender Champions:

    Champion Mid Term Review

    with Guest Panelists:

    Peter Maurer, President, International Committee of the Red Cross

    Martin Chungong, Secretary-General, Inter-Parliamentary Union

    Janet Voûte, Global Head of Public Affairs, Nestlé


    and Mid Term Remarks:

    Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto, US Mission to UNOG

    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Founder, Women@TheTable

    Michael Møller, Director-General,

    United Nations Office in Geneva

    20 May

    Brown Bag Impact #2:

    co-hosted at the GCSP


    How do we break down gender barriers in the international arena?

    Practical steps for Member States and UN entities to move the gender agenda forward at upcoming intergovernmental meetings.

    Lunch with Meg Riggs, US Mission

    & Saori Terada, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights


    7 June

    Leadership Presence: What does it Take ?

    a extraordinary workshop led by Professor Ginka Toegel of IMD

    for the Geneva Gender Champions Impact Group on Talent Development

    hosted @ WIPO

    16 June

    Gender Equality Extravaganza:

    a side event at the Human Rights Council


    w/ the Geneva Gender Champions, the Power of Empowered Women, the Barbershop,

    Breaking the Silence actors Katrina Syran & Femi Elofowoju jr,

    Baroness Joyce Anelay, UK Minister of State,

    High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein,

    YWCA Youth Delegation from Canada/Ghana, Myanmar, Brazil and Zimbabwe

    Ambassador Julian Braithwaite, UK

    Ambassador Yvette Stevens, Sierre Leone

    Ambassador Martin Elyofsson, Iceland

    Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto, US

    Ambassador Suraya Dalil, Afghanistan

    Secretary General Martin Chungong, Inter-Parliamentary Union

    Ambassador for Women & Girls Natasha Stott Despoja, Australia

    28 June

    Brown Bag Impact #3:

    co-hosted by the GCSP


    Commitments 2.0

    Looking forward

    What’s working? What’s not? Why not? What’s been most promising?

    How do we make the next round truly S.M.A.R.T. and how do we maximize our efforts to put gender consistently on the international agenda.

    Join us with members of the GGC Steering Committee in intimate conversation and our famous sandwiches.


    Open to both Champions & Focal Points

    14 July


    Geneva Gender Champions: Focal Point Meeting

    Commitments 2.0:

    Looking forward to our new evaluation tool & October's

    1- year review @UNOG


    1 September

    Geneva Gender Champions:

    Salon for Focal Point

    & Reception


    Rentrée & Thank You

    Hosted by US Mission


    Great Lakes Radio launch:


    Wamama Tujenge:

    Femmes Construisons

    Paix. Stabilité. Société



    13 September

    Geneva Gender Champions Impact Group:


    How can we incentivize

    capitols to send gender-balanced delegations to achieve our long-term equality, long-term innovation, and sustainability goals?

    Chair: ITU

    Lunch hosted by ITU

    5 September

    Geneva Gender Champions Impact Group:

    UN SWAP & Organizational Policies

    with Special Guest Champion Jan Beagle, Deputy Executive Director UN AIDS

    hosted at UN AIDS

    Co-Chairs: OHCHR & UNOG

    28 September

    WTO Public Forum:

    Women’s Economic Empowerment & Trade:

    Contributing to the Deliberations & Recommendations of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment

    with panelists:

    • Ambassador Yvette Stevens, Sierra Leone
    • Ambassador Daniel Blockert, Sweden
    • Linda Kromjong, Secretary General, International Organization of Employers
    • Jos Verbeek, World Bank Group
    • Vanessa Erogbogbo, Women & Trade Programme, International Trade Centre
    • Manuela Tomei, Conditions of Work and Employment Programme, International Labour Organization
    • Moderated by :   
    • Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, Women@theTable 
    • Katherine Hagen, Global Social Observatory


    6 October

    Geneva Gender Champions:



    Opening Remarks

    UNOG Director-General Michael Møller

    UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.


    Screening followed by

    Women & politics: beyond the right to vote


    IPU Secretary-General Martin Chungong

    Ambassador Walid Doudech, Tunisia 

    Caitlin Kraft-Buchman, CEO/Founder Women@theTable


    Co-Hosted by GGC & Cine-ONU

    5 October

    Brown Bag #4


    How does it work? How do we use CEDAW recommendations to deepen our work?

    Special Guest: Patricia Schulz, Member UN CEDAW Committee

    Former Head of the Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality


    Co-Hosted by Women@theTable & GCSP

    3 November

    Brown Bag #5

    The elusive Gender Audit*

    What is it? Why do we need it ? And how we can use it in our work in International Geneva?


    Special Guest: Sue Harris Rimmer, Visiting Fellow, Graduate Institute Gender Centre; Australian Research Council Future Fellow, Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy


    *Gender Audit, an assessment tool and process for organizations to use in identifying. staff perceptions of how gender issues are addressed in their programming portfolio and internal organizational processes.


    Co-Hosted by Women@theTable & GCSP

    With Support from the Permanent Mission of Australia



    2 November

    International Gender Champions Geneva:

    Champions One Year Anniversary Reception

    and Launch of First Annual Report

    at Palais de l'Athénée

    1 December

    Invested in Equality


    Men, Women, Masculinities, Gender Equality

    and Leadership in the 21st Century


    Inaugural Lecturer: Professor Michael Kimmel, Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities, Stonybrook University


    30 November - In partnership with Advance:

    Leadership in the 21st Century, Zürich


    1 December - In partnership with the US Mission:

    Lunchtime SALON on Men, Organizations, and Power


    1 December - In partnership with the Graduate Institute, the US Mission,

    United Nations Office at Geneva & W@tt

    Invested in Equality

    Keynote with Michael Kimmel


    Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General, World Trade Organization

    Pamela Hamamoto, US Ambassador to the United Nations

    Michael Møller, Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva

    Andrea Pedrazzini, CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi Switzerland

    8 December

    Brown Bag #6

    “Half the Equation: Why and How to Engage Men and Boys to Advance Gender Equality”


    A precondition for achieving gender equality requires us to create new ideas about gender, masculinity and healthy relationships.

    How are we currently engaging men and boys and what can we do to bring them into the movement?


    With Special Guest & Violence Prevention Expert Ms Lana Wells

    Associate Professor and the Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary where she is leading Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence.

    With Support from the Permanent Mission of Canada

    February, April & June 2017


    Men & Masculinities Lecture Series:

    Invested in Equality


    • 22-23 February  
    • 26-28 April
    •  13-15 June


    March 1 & 2, 2017


    Breakthrough Barriers:

    Women in the Public Sphere


    co-produced by The Wilson Center's Women in Public Service Project & Women@theTable


    hosted by Graduate Institute, Geneva







  • Partnerships & Collaborations 2016

    Women@TheTable was thrilled to be collaborating with some trailblazing organizations, and their exceptional members & grantees in 2016, that included...

    International Gender Champions

    International Gender Champions 

    with UNOG,

    the US Mission, & w@tt

    powered by 120+ Champions


    International Organizations,

    Permanent Missions &

    Civil Society

    The Salon Series

    Breakthrough Barriers:

    Women in the Public Sphere

    The Oak Foundation

    Issues Affecting Women

    Wamama Tujenge:

    Great Lakes Radio Pilot

    with Fonds Femmes Congolaises &

    Media Matters for Women

  • 2015 Collaborations

    Women@TheTable was honored to collaborate with some of these organizations,

    and their exceptional members & grantees in 2015 our first year of operation.

    2015     WILPF:

    Women Stop War

    Video & DIY Storycorps

    in The Hague

    2015 Trailblazers' Summit & WVEF: Women Vendors' Exhibition & Forum

    Conference in São Paolo

    2015     Peace in a Time of Hatred:

    UNSCR 1325

    Forum to celebrate the 15th anniversary of SCR 1325

    2015   Les femmes de RDC:


    Fonds Femmes Congolaises

    2015      ITC: 

    1st international forum on women in business


     Fostering Innovation, Internationalization And Scale Of Women-Owned Businesses

    Nairobi   14 December

    2015      Interpeace:



    makers project:


    Voices of The Founders


    The Salon Series

    in partnership with

    The Future She Deserves:

    • Women & Leadership (birth of Geneva Gender Champions idea)
    • Adolescent Girls' Health
    • Launch of Women, Business & The Law in conjunction                 w/ World Bank Group
    • Girl Be Heard, The Whole Girl


    Geneva Gender Champions:

    Co-Founded w/ UNOG + US Mission

    July 1 Launch

    October 1 Commitments from Champions

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