2003 Global Summit of Women Updated

2003 Global Summit of Women

Marrakech, Morocco

June 28-30, 2003


Her Royal Highness Princess Lella Hasna opens the Global Summit of Women 2003

Opening Ceremony for the 2003 Summit.

Summit delegates at one of the sessions.

South African Minister Mabandla speaking on Intellectual Property at the Marrakesh Summit in 2003.

Global Diversity in Marrakesh: Bangladeshi, Korean and Spanish delegates at the 2003 Summit.

European and Korean delegates at the Summit.

R.R. Donnelly (USA) Vice President Damayanti Vasudevan and daughter attending the Summit.

Enterprising Women magazine editor, Monica Smiley, & U.S. Mint Director, Henrietta Holsman Fore

What the Press is Saying…

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“Les femmes reussissent a reconstruire ce que les hommes detruisent”


“Une strategie integree pour la promotion du role de la femme”



“Sommet mondial de la femmes a Marrakech: Le coup de pouce de ministres”


Excerpt from the Book “Morocco: The Islamist Awakening and Other Challenges” (Pages 158-160) by Marvine Howe, Oxford University Press, USA (2005)  

            “An exciting measure of how far Moroccan women have come was the Global Summit of Women held in Marrakech at the end of June 2003.  This forum was important for two basic reasons: because so many bright, dynamic Moroccan women were there from business and civil society and because a record number of more than 600 women from eighty countries — with large contingents from the Arab and Muslim worlds — attended the conference, barely six weeks after the terrible suicide bombings in Casablanca.” 

What happened at the 2003 Summit

* First time gathering of 40 women cabinet ministers in a roundtable on economic development for women in the Arab states

* Networking and contacts with delegates from countries like Yemen and Algeria, and a delegation from the New Iraq, all attending for the first time

*  Morocco’s new women executives were introduced to the global audience for the first time