Mauritius to host Women’s Forum Global Meeting in June 2016
Mauritius will be hosting, on 20 and 21 June 2016, the Women’s Forum global meeting, which is a platform for highly influential women and men to reflect upon and share ideas and views on the crucial need to transform economies and societies across the world. The theme is Meeting the Climate Challenge for SIDS and Africa.
The President of the Republic, Dr Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, elaborated on the event during a press conference yesterday at the State House in Le Réduit. Qualifying the Women’s Forum the Davos of Women, the President recalled that 2016 will be the first time that the Women’s Forum will be held in Africa. It is a privilege to welcome the Forum in Mauritius which is organised in different locations across the world so as to make people understand the conditions in which women are evolving in, she said.
According to Dr Gurib-Fakim, the event has an impact around the world in creating a network so that societies come out as winners.
The President also outlined the history of the Women’s Forum which exists since 2005 and operates essentially from Deauville, France. Each year, the Forum is organised in the period of October to November/December, and attracts nearly 1500 to 2000 participants to discuss thematics comprising society, enterprises, and feminine conditions, amongst others. Beyond Deauville, the Women’s Forum has been organised in other locations namely: Burma, China, Mexico, Dubai, and Italy.
The Women’s Forum Mauritius will take up the Innovation challenge for Island States and Africa during the two-day high-level meeting for scientists, policymakers and business leaders coming from Africa, Europe and Asia. The Forum will also showcase Mauritius’s remarkably rich natural flora and fauna, while underlying why it is a global biodiversity hotspot.
Drawing on international speakers and experiences, participants will debate climate and health solutions; climate, agriculture and biodiversity best practices; sustainable energy and water and sanitation for Africa and SIDS; how to advance innovation in agriculture, health and land use; improving the participation of women and youth in scientific and technological training; and processes for frugal green innovations with value-added for SIDS and African economies.