2009 Global Summit of Women – Santiago


May 14-16 ⋅ Santiago, Chile

Setting New Paradigms for Business and Political Leadership

Remarks from Chile’s President Michelle Bachelet

President Michelle Bachelet greets Summit delegates:

“Estamos aquí no per ser mujer, sino a pesar de ser mujer.”

“We are here not because we are women, but rather despite being women.”


Recognizing Global Leadership

Global Women’s Leadership Award (left): Summit President Irene Natividad presents the 2009 Global Women’s Leadership Award to President of Chile Michelle Bachelet at the Summit’s Welcoming Dinner

Chilean Women’s Leadership Award (right): Irene Natividad and Minister of Women’s Affairs of Chile Laura Albornoz present the Chilean Women’s Leadership Award to Cecilia Medina, the first woman President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Media Clips

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              Summit President Ms. Natividad                                CNN Chile covers the Summit
       discusses the Summit (CNN Chile)                                         Opening Ceremony


           Doing Business with Chile (CNN)                          Global Summit of Women Closing (CNN)

Summit Highlights

Left: The Vice President of Vietnam, Nguyen Thi Doan, President of Chile,
Michele Bachelet, and Summit President, Irene Natividad at the Opening Ceremony

Right: Nguyen Thi Doan, Vice President of Vietnam, and Tran Thi Thuy, Vice Chair of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who lead the sizeable Vietnamese delegation at the 2009 Global Summit of Women

Left: Summit President Irene Natividad formally  kicks off the Summit at the Opening Ceremony. (Courtesy of mundomujer.cl)

Right: H.E. President Bachelet formally greets Summit delegates.

Left: At the Opening Reception, President Bachelet welcomed delegates at the Circulo Espanol, in the heart of Santiago

Right: Norah Al Faiz, recently named Saudi Arabia’s first-ever female Minister , with Salama tu Suleiman Nigeria’s Minister of Women

Left: Peru’s Minister of Justice, Hon. Rosario Fernandez

Right: President Bachelet greets Ministers from China and Singapore who took part in the Ministerial Rountable. (Deputy Mayor of Beijing, Hon. CHENG Hong (left) and Singpore’s Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports Hon. YU-FOO Yee Shoon)

Left: Irene Natividad and six high school entrepreneurs from South Africa who were welcomed to the Summit as part of the annual Parade of Leaders

Right: Lara Gonzalez Molero, Carmen Mur, Marcela Perez de Alonso, Mardia van der Walt-Korsten, and Sandra Yachelini discussing lessons from the Global Corporate Crises in the Women CEO forum  (Courtesy of mundomujer.cl)

Left: Irene Natividad and women Ministers of Government from throughout the world at the Gala Dinner (Courtesy of mundomujer.cl)

Right: Women Leaders in business and government from around the world at the 2009 Summit in Santiago pose for a photo at the Gala Dinner

Left: Members of the delegation from Spain gather onstage following the Gala Dinner

Right: The Chinese delegation singing at the closing ceremony. The Global Summit of Women will be held in Beijing, China in 2010 (ourtesy of mundomujer.cl)


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Get to Know the Host Country

Left: Host Committee members gather following their first formal meeting in Santiago, Chile with Chilean Minister of Women’s Affairs Hon. Laura Albornoz and Summit President Ms. Irene Natividad

Right: Santiago’s modern skyline


Left: Snow-capped mountains surround the city of Santiago

Right: Santiago’s famous La Moneda, Chile’s Presidential Palace, and venue for the 2009 Global Summit of Women’s Opening Ceremony and Welcoming Dinner

 Program Highlights

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Click here to read it in Spanish



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