The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center in Haifa is holding the 26th biennial International Women’s Leadership Conference from November 8 to 12, hosted in cooperation with the UN Assistant Secretary General on Gender Issues, under the auspices of MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Participants include about 50 high-level representatives from around the world, including 10 government ministers, members of parliament, and holders of senior positions in civil society and academia.

This year’s conference will be devoted to The Global Financial Crisis – Implications for Women, since women account for the great majority of the world’s poorest people. The goal is to examine the gender dimensions and implications of the financial crisis and to identify policy responses and mechanisms to ensure the protection of women from the negative impacts, especially in their roles as caregivers.

The meeting will also specifically address the role of the UN system and the international community in ensuring a gender-sensitive response to the financial crisis and focus on identifying and sharing best practices to address the social, economic and gender dimensions of financial crises.

The concluding declarations will constitute a platform for plans of action in social and economic fields in various countries.