Marking 55 years since MASHAV - Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation - was established in order to work together with the developing world, the industrialized countries and the international aid agencies to overcome shared development challenges, the 28th International Women Leaders’ Conference of the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC) will tackle The Post-2015 and Sustainable Development Goals Agenda: Ensuring the centrality of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the next framework, in cooperation with UN Women and UNDP.
Attendance to this conference is by invitation only.
- Discuss progress achieved and remaining gaps in the implementation of the MDGs from a gender perspective; and highlight lessons learned and best practices in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment that should inform the next development framework;
- Explore strategies and entry points to advocate for the integration of a gender equality perspective in the post-2015 development framework and the SDGs;
- Identify priority areas that contribute to the empowerment of women and girls and the enjoyment of their rights, and that should be included in the next development framework, including financing for gender equality;
- Examine and undertake a critical analysis of the role played by women leaders in decision-making at all levels, recommending strategies and options for shaping the future of democratic societies;
- Explore and identify ways to recognize and reinforce the economic empowerment of women as a key element of sustainable development
Since its inception almost 53 years ago, International Women Leaders’ Conferences and Symposia
have been taking place at MCTC biennially on development themes of current interest for women
active in public life in developing and industrialized countries, often on topics declared by the
United Nations to be of international concern.
Amb. Daniel Carmon, Head of MASHAV: "In line with the Millennium Development Goals and the objectives established by the international community, MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, at Israel’s Foreign Ministry, consistently promotes the empowerment of women, considering women’s education a critical component of development policy and planning, and central to sustainable development.
This November, senior women and men from the public and associative sectors – ministers, members of parliaments, heads of women’s associations, representatives of international organizations and representatives of the judicial, business and academic sectors – will convene in Haifa to discuss progress achieved and gaps remaining in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals from a gender perspective. We will highlight lessons learned and best practices in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment."