The Global Summit of Women is an international business conference which focuses on the advancement of women in the global economy. The summit, being staged in Sydney from April 25 to 28, is being held in Australia for the first time this year.

Female industry leaders from around the globe have come together to discuss the expansion of women’s economic opportunities globally through exchanges of working solutions and creative strategies forged by women leaders in different parts of the world. Some of the world’s most prominent female leaders and businesswomen are attending the event including Prime Minister of Bangladesh, H.E Sheikh Hasina; Vice-President of Gambia, H.E Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang; Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore and CEO of Deloitte Australia Cindy Hook.

The goals of the summit are to ensure women’s access to digital technology and STEM education, open up global markets for women’s enterprises of all sizes, secure alternative energy sources for future growth, preserve and protect increasingly limited natural resources, bridge the gap between economic growth and social inclusion and create companies of shared leadership. Australia was chosen as this year’s host due to its high ranking economy and strong female leadership in multiple industries. In a 2012 Strategy& report, Australian women were named “Most Empowered in the World” based on criteria including pay, education and access to paid parental leave.

The summit is currently being hosted at the International Convention Centre in Sydney, with a dinner for Summit Delegates to be held at the Sydney Town Hall. Events during the summit include a Ministerial Roundtable on public and private sector partnerships advancing economic opportunities for women and girls, a Mayor’s Forum, the Global Women’s Leadership Awards gala dinner and multiple networking and educational forums.

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