Historically, women have faced gender-based violence and discrimination for a variety of reasons. They have experienced major obstacles including restrictions in education, the work place and in their own homes. Today, in a world marked by rampant conflict, there is an urgent need for increased female empowerment and leadership. Despite the widespread restrictions imposed upon women from actively participating and engaging in leadership roles, the value of their contributions is apparent.
‘The Leadership of Women in a World of Conflict’ discussed the issues surrounding the gender- based violence and discrimination women have historically faced around the world. The panel explored the urgent need for increased female empowerment and leadership in a world marked by conflict, and the value of their contributions despite the widespread restrictions imposed upon women from actively participating in leadership roles. Successful female leaders from different sectors were brought together to discuss their contributions towards achieving a more peaceful and harmonious world, as well as to gauge their perspectives on how increased international cooperation can be achieved in the world today.