Women building bridges

Proposals from the South for global change



May 19th

Emilio Lledó conference hall. Humanities building. UNED (National Distance-learning University)

Paseo de la Senda del Rey, 7. Madrid


9:00-9:30 Accreditation of participants and guests




10:15 Opening

Host: Mónica Carrillo

Ricardo Mairal, Dean of the UNED

María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, President of the Fundación Mujeres por África

Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission

Her Majesty the Queen Letizia

Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government of Spain


11:00 Roundtable – Proposals from the South for democratic progress


On-line message from Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize laureate


Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Graça Machel, president of the Foundation for Community Development

María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, President of the Fundación Mujeres por África

Finda Koroma, Vice President of ECOWAS (Economic Comunity of West African States)

Emanuela del Re, European Union Special Representative for the Sahel from 2021


11:45 Coffee break

Authorities bid farewell to Her Majesty the Queen


12:15 Parade of ideas

3′ speeches by 20 women


13:15 Conference – Barbara Hendricks – Honorary Life Ambassador of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Member of our Advisory Council.


13:30 Conversation – Economy for development

Introduced by: Ana Botín, president of Banco Santander

Nadia Calviño, First Vice-President of the Spanish Government

Rebeca Grynspan, Secretary-General of UNCTAD

Obiageli Ezekwesili, former Nigerian Minister of Education



Transfer to the Faculty of Psychology. UNED

Juan del Rosal St., 10, 28040 Madrid


15:45 Plenary Session

Debate on the document Southern Women’s Proposals for Global Change

María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, President of the Fundación Mujeres por África

José Manuel Albares, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Spanish Government


16:00 Topic A – Legal equality, political rights and participation in public life

Introduced by: María-Noel Vaeza, UN Women Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean

Moderates: Julia Duncan Cassell and Meaza Ashenafi


16:45 Topic E – Economic, technological and digital empowerment

Introduced by: Cristina Garmendia, Former Minister of Science and Innovation

Moderates: Obiageli Ezekwesili and Ayat Mneina


17:15 Topic C – Governance and major global challenges

Introduced by: Miguel Herrero, Permanent Advisor of the Council of State

Moderates: Kah Walla and Jestina Mukoko


18:15 Topic D – Violence. Women, peace and security

Introduced by: Miguel Ángel Moratinos, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations

Moderates: Hibaaq Osman and Caddy Adzuba


19:15 Topic B – Social policies and welfare

Introduced by: Epsy Campbell Barr, UN Independent Expert (Permanent Forum for People of African Descent). PhD in Humanities and Economist. Vice President of Costa Rica 2018-2022

Moderates: Nana Oye Bampoe Addo 


20:00 End of work and departure to the hotel




May 20th

Congress Hall of the Faculty of Education. UNED

Juan del Rosal St., 10, 28040 Madrid


9:30 Roundtable- Audiovisuals, ally of women’s causes

Hosted by: Inés París

Nadia El Fani, Tunisian director

Machérie Ekwa Bahango, Congolese director

Nadine Ibrahim, Nigerian director

Desiree Kahikopo-Meiffret, Namibian director


10:45 – Coffee break

11:00 Roundtable – Communication as a guarantor of democracy, human rights and Equality

Hosted by: Carla Fibla García-Sala – Mundo Negro

Verashni Pillay, South African journalist

Vanessa Adie Offiong, Nigerian journalist

Rosebell Kagumire, Ugandan journalist

Secelela Balisidya, Tanzanian journalist


12:15 – Plenary sharing of the groups’ proposals


13:15 – Summary of the main points incorporated into the document,

by Bibiana Aído, UN Women director in Colombia


13:45 – Reading of the document Proposals from the women of the south for global change



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