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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.
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.
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. The IGC Impact Groups are focused on movement and action.
Our first Impact Group and coalition
Created for impact, IGC currently mobilizes Champion-led consortiums on Representation, Trade, Standards and Disarmament and International Justice.
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 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.
leverage points in intricate systems
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.
establishing 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.