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GPW Uruguay Webinar on"Women's Leadership in Public Affairs in a World in Crisis" 

May 21, 2022
GPW Uruguay Webinar on"Women's Leadership in Public Affairs in a World in Crisis" 

On March 16, 2022, GPW Uruguay in collaboration with Latin America Presidential Mission, GPF Latin America, and Red Politicolis conducted an webinar on the ‘Role of Women in Global Crisis.’ The webinar focused on women’s leadership, challenges, access and representation in the public and political sphere.  H.E. Laura Chincilla, former President of the Republic of Costa Rica, Dr. Nibia Pizzo, Global Peace Women Uruguay Country Leader and Dr. Matilda Munhoz, Director of Social Inclusion of the Organization of American States (OAS) were the speakers for the webinar. 

H.E. Laura Chinchilla expressed concern for and solidarity with Ukrainian women. The the global dimensions of the conflict has revealed the fractures in our current global governance. It has also confirmed and aggravated the vulnerability of women in conflict. H.E. Chincilla iterated that recovery and peacebuilding is unimaginable without women.  “Women leaders tend to be more compassionate, supportive and empathetic,” she noted, describing how women’s collaborative leadership style is essential for peace and crisis response that overcomes division, fosters political cohesion, and dialogue.

(left to right: Olinda Salguero, Executive Director, Latin American Presidential Mission; Dr. Matilde Muñoz, Director of Social Inclusion, OAS, Nibia Pizzo, Country Leader, Global Peace Women)

Nibia Pizzo emphasized that women’s  leadership extends from the home and expands to global affairs.  Quoting former President Jaime Zamora of Bolivia, Dr. Pizzo, the “heart of a woman” in women leadership in both national and global affairs as “ has the power to change humanity,...unleash an irreversible and irresistible force which is…now love”. She described service-minded women leadership as one deeply rooted in a woman’s strength of conscience, heart, character and empathy. 

Dr. Matilde Muñoz addressed the challenges facing women leaders, particularly discrimination in media coverage, social media harassment and concerns for privacy. Dr. Munoz said, “For women leadership to grow, normalize presence of women in public and political space,” said Dr. Munoz, “women and men with democratic principles of equity and human rights to work together and guarantee women representation.”

She shared strategies as creating social networks, safe spaces, and media space to facilitate discussion that revalue women’s contributions and change conversations reducing the cost of exposure of women in public sphere. 

The women also shared their reflections and experiences as women leaders. H.E. Chinchilla spoke on differentiated socialization that fed prejudices and limited conditions for women leadership.She called for collective action from families, social networks and media to become “allies” for women to practice leadership. Likewise, Dr. Nibia reflected the need to change awareness on women’s role in society from bottom up approach starting from homes to break mutual learning roles. Dr. Munhoz took a positive perspective , to see the glass half full,” looking at current challenges in light of progress being made.

Women have indispensable roles and qualities in crisis response and peace building in private, public and political spheres.  The forum drew out the value of women’s, identifying obstacles and encouraging individuals, families, media and governments to all play a role supporting women engagement. 

GPW and its chapter regularly holds webinars on relevant topics related women, leadership, peacebuilding and family. To know and be updated, subscribe to our newsletter or visit our website: www.globalpeacewomen.org 

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