On January 20, 2023, the First International Congress for the Women of Influence was held in the capital of Iran Tehran. At the invitation of the Iranian government, President of Home and Abroad News Press Mrs. Wei Yan and the spouses of the presidents and prime ministers of many countries attended the First International Congress for the Women of Influence at the Tehran International Conference Center. The female Vice President of Iran Ensiyeh Khazali presided over the conference.
The First International Congress for the Women of Influence was called "Women's Davos". It aims to build a global women's alliance, promote the establishment of contacts among female leaders with high prestige and influence in the political, economic and all fields around the world, stimulate the vitality of women in opening up the global market, and improve the presence of women in global political, economic and social activities.
At the opening ceremony of the First International Congress for the Women of Influence, the wife of the President of Iran Mrs. Jamileh Alamolhoda, the wife of the Prime Minister of Armenia Mrs. Anna Hakobyan, the wife of the President of Iraq Mrs. Shanaz lbrahim Ahmad, the wife of the Prime Minister of Burkina Faso Mrs. Keylem De Tambela Kansole, the wife of the President of Kyrgyzstan Mrs. Aigul Japarova, the wife of President of Nicaragua Mrs. Rosario Maria Murillo Zambrana, the wife of President of Serbia Mrs. Tamara Vucic, the wife of President of Venezuela Mrs. Cilia Flores, and other presidents' spouses attended the conference and delivered speeches respectively.
In her speech at the opening ceremony, the female Vice President of Iran Ensiyeh Khazali said that women have made great contributions in promoting global development, and the First International Congress for the Women of Influence has created a platform for world women to exchange ideas across borders, which will further promote the opportunities for women’s influence in reality.
Vice President Ensiyeh Khazali used a set of data to demonstrate the current development of the status of women in Iran: about 80% of women in Iran receive education, and 60% of women are able to attend universities. Two out of five staff in government departments are women, including 2% in cabinet, 5% in parliament and 8% in deputy ministers.
The wife of the President of Serbia Mrs. Tamara Vucic delivered a speech at the opening ceremony of the conference. She said that this conference will become a platform for promoting global women development in many ways. The future is full of uncertainties, as long as we work together to meet challenges, we can overcome difficulties and improve the women’s presence in global political, economic and social activities.
The wife of the Armenian Prime Minister Mrs. Anna Hakobyan believes that the international community has long recognized that women are a powerful force in promoting globalization. In the era of globalization, new technologies and new information are spreading at an unprecedented speed, creating many new industries and new jobs as well as new opportunities for women to compete with men on an equal footing, and expanding their physical and mental freedom, concept renewal and skill development. The latest transnational survey shows that women all over the world value open thinking no matter where they are, because information technology makes them exposed to various new ideas, new products and new lifestyles.
Through the conference, various presidents’ spouses greatly contributed their wisdom and efforts to opportunities and challenges faced by in promoting gender equality and further implementing the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. At the end of the session, Iran and relevant countries also signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
Government officials, experts and scholars from UN Women, China, Russia, Australia, Thailand, Japan, Serbia, Venezuela, Malaysia, Philippines, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine, Syria, Turkey, Qatar, Yemen, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain, Jordan, Cyprus, Georgia, Armenia, Egypt, Libya, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Turkmenistan, Algeria, Morocco and other countries reached consensus through active exchanges. Mrs. Wei Yan, the President of Home and Abroad News Press, had great impressions by the female representatives from all countries around the world. In the two-day conference, the participants had in-depth exchanges on how to promote women’s influence on economic activities and business operations etc.
During this trip to Iran, we felt that the black gown and headband are no longer synonymous with Iranian women, but they are also brave, wise, charming, beautiful and self-confident.