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Women, Power and Politics: The Road to Sustainable Democracy


International Conference: Women, Power and Politics – The Road to Sustainable Democracy, 14 - 15 November 2013, Oslo

Read the final report from the conference here


In 2013 Norway celebrated the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage. The anniversary was celebrated throughout the year with a series of events nationwide. The final event was a large international conference in Oslo, focusing on the importance of women’s political rights in relation to matters of international peace, security and sustainable development. The conference aimed to look back in time as well as ahead to the future on how to involve new generations of women.

See the recording of Day 1 of the conference here

See the recording of Day 2 of the conference here


Conference Speakers

More information about the speakers in the program

The conference was opened by Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and now member of the UN appointed Panel of Elders, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women.  Among the other prominent speakers were Helen Clark, Administrator of UNDP, Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Louise Arbour, President of International Crisis Group, Bineta Diop, Executive Director of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) and Sanam Anderlini, co-founder of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN).

See the full program here.

Conference Organizers
The conference was planned and organized by the Forum for Women and Development (FOKUS) and the Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) in close co-operation with the National Suffrage Centenary Committee 1913-2013. The conference was funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Ministry of Children, Equality and Social Inclusion.