2005 Updated Again

2005 Global Summit of Women

Mexico City, Mexico

July 23-25, 2005

“Leading the  21st Century Economy”

Record-Breaking 925 Delegates from 75 Nations join the
15th Anniversary Global Summit of Women in Mexico

2005 Award Winners

Global Women’s Leadership Awardee

Global Women’s Leadership Awardee

Mary Robinson

* First woman President of Ireland improved status of women during her tenure

*Strong advocate for human rights around the world who used law as instrument for social change

Ela Bhatt

*Founder of  SEWA,  South Asia’s first labor and trade union for women

*Through SEWA, she worked to ensure banking for women and improving lives of oppressed and impoverished

Global Women’s Leadership Awardee

Enterprising Women/Global Summit of Women
International Hall of Fame Award

Noeleen Heyzer

*As Head of  UNIFEM, worked to strengthen women’s economic security and promoted women’s leadership in peace-building;

*Focused on ending violence against women and combating HIV/AIDS from a gender perspective

Neveen El Tahri

*First women board member in Egyptian stock exchange

*Dedicated to motivating and inspiring young girls of family business organizations

Mexico’s Women’s Leadership Award Winner

Awardees at the Gala


Xochitl Galvez

*Fights for rights for indigenous women and girls and dedicated to the fight against malnutrition among aboriginal infants

Award Winners H.E. Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, and Noleen Heyzer, Executive Director of UNIFEM, talk with Ann Sherry, CEO, Westpac New Zealand

First-Ever Report on Women Board Directors in Latin America

The majority (64%) of the 100 largest publicly-listed companies in Latin America do not have women on their boards of directors. Only 5% of board directorships in the Latin Trade 100 are held by women. This contrasts with 10.4% women’s representation on the boards of the Fortune Global 200 companies.

The pacesetters in Corporate Latin America lag behind their counterparts globally. The majority of the Fortune Global 200 companies (73.5%) have women directors, according to the 2004 CWDI report. Only 36%, however, of the Latin Trade 100 Companies have at least one woman serving on their board.

Brazilian companies dominate the Top Ten list of companies with the highest percentage of women on their boards of directors, with 11 out of 16 companies (due to ties) making it into this best practice ranking.

Click here to read the Key Findings of the 2005 CWDI Report


What Participants are saying…

“The impact of the Summit is truly impressive. I totally enjoyed meeting so many powerful women from around the world. I know that it (the Summit) is making a difference and is a catalyst for change on both a micro and macro level.”
– Kay Iwata, Principal, K. Iwata Associates (USA)

That diversity is one of the strategies for competitive excellence really came through with the breadth of women represented at the Summit. The fact that women at the top could be compassionate and empower women who are still microentrepreneurs is the charm of this Summit.”
-Ann Sado, Vice President, GEWEL (Japan)

The Global Summit of Women was an amazing experience to have the opportunity to talk to women in business and women business owners from around the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan. It solidified how we are all ‘sisters’ and how there is such an incredible ‘world of opportunity’ for us.”
– Mary Schnack, Mary Schnack Media Services (USA)

“Realmente yo quede muy impresionada y muy satisfecha por toda la experiencia misma que me abrio nuevas relaciones y muchas amistades. A lo largo de muchas años he tenido la oportunidad de participar en …muchas reuniones de mujeres, pero esta experiencia con mujeres (la Cumbre) de las empresas tanto como propietarias como ejecutivas me dio una ensenanza nueva.”
– M. Eugenia Lopez Brun, Directora General, Fruta Prohibida (Mexico)