2011 Updated Again

2011 Global Summit of Women

Istanbul, Turkey

May 5-7, 2011

“Bridging Solutions to the 21st Century”

Over 1,000 Women from 81 Countries Gather in Istanbul

Participants attend the 2011 Opening Ceremony


Summit Awards

Global Summit of Women's Leadership Award


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon receives 2011 Global Women's Leadership Award from the Summit's International Planning Committee. Mr. Ban is the first man to receive the Summit's highest award

Summit President Irene Natividad presents the 2011 Global Women's Leadership Award to Ban Ki-Moon

"In terms of women’s empowerment and gender equality, I know that there are still many, many more things to do, many more miles to travel, but this award makes me much more motivated and committed to work together with you when we will be able to say that this world is fair and harmonious and balanced in terms of gender balance."    -Ban Ki-Moon

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Click here to watch the video honoring UN-Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon


Public/Private Sector Projects Advancing Women and Girls' Economic Opportunities

In recognition of these exemplary projects, the Global Summit of Women awarded $5,000 towards each
project at the 2011 Global Summit of Women.

Hon. Hee Young Paik
Minister for Gender Equality
South Korea

Hon. Meng Xiaosi
Vice Chairman of All-China Women’s Federation

Project Title: Promoting Career-Interrupted Women

  • Provides one-stop re-employment support services including internships, career consulting and vocational education for women whose career was interrupted due to childbirth, domestic labor or lack of childcare
  • Promotes women's participation in economic activities through career support

Project Title: Turning New Graduates into Entrepreneurs

  • Targets new women college graduates for  further training  and mentor-ship in entrepreneurship and and new business launches
  • Widens the breadth of new, innovative economic opportunities available to recent college graduates

What the Press is Saying...

Click to watch Irene Natividad's interview with CNBC-e

"Creating more economic opportunities for women like Mrs. Cigdem is among the goals of the 2011 Global Summit of Women meeting through Saturday in Istanbul as a sort of Davos for women, mirroring the annual gathering of world economic leaders at the Swiss resort. Held for the first time in Turkey, the conference is taking place in a country where women, once they find jobs, often struggle to stay in them."
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"Asian participants made a strong showing at a key women’s summit in Istanbul, reflecting Asia’s rising clout in global affairs, while the turmoil in North Africa appeared to have kept many people from that region away.

More than a third of the 1,000 female participants in the 2011 Global Women Summit, dubbed the “Davos for Women,” are from the Asian Pacific region. Host country Turkey has the highest number of participants, 200, in the event, which is being held in Istanbul from May 5 to 7 and has drawn attendees from 81 countries."

2011 Sponsors

2011 International Media Partners

What Participants are Saying...

"The Women's Summit...was a symbol of a worldwide understanding which -- using economic relations as its point of departure -- conspires to bring together women from all over the world to form an enormous public-private partnership for long-term change."

Hon. Ursula von der Leyen, Minister for Labor, Germany

"It was impressive to meet so many prestigious and high-ranking women from all over the world who have a strong commitment to business and diversity. It was not any one specific presentation or session at the Summit that informed me, but returning to my day-to-day business, I felt energized to make the difficult decisions that are part of my work because of the commitment and empowerment that I drew from the Summit from so many women leaders."

Ursula Schwarzenbart, Director of Global Diversity, Daimler AG

“Seeing one thousand people from 81 countries in a room is impressive. It is even more impressive when you consider that the topic of discussion is women, women’s representation and development,”

Umran Beba,
President, Asia Pacific Region, PepsiCo

Thank you very much for arranging another Global Summit of Women successfully. It is really a true and effective international forum and platform for women across the world, where we can share our thoughts, feelings and experiences globally. Thank you once again for giving me opportunity to deliver my presentation in that august gathering.

Shahinoor Rahman
Owner, Shanoo's Collection


It has been my pleasure to have been with such an amazing team of great women that made things happen no matter what. The summit was inspiring for me and I truly appreciate that you made me a part of it. 

Deniz Misir, Area Director, Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency