Conference on Women’s Leadership in the Sahel: opening speech by Catherine Ashton
Type: Complete speech
Brussels - EC/Charlemagne
On 9 April 2013, Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, participated in the conference on Women’s Leadership in the Sahel Region with Romano Prodi, former President of the EC and UN Special Envoy for the Sahel.
This event brought together 40 women, civil society leaders of several generations, peace and security experts, peace activists, government officials and gender equality advocates from the Sahel region. Members of the EP, African and European Ambassadors, senior officials from the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the EU and the United Nations participated in the event. They heard directly from the crisis-affected women from the Sahel region their views and recommendations on women's economic empowerment and political participation, and their role in peace and recovery.
This video shows the opening speech given by Catherine Ashton on this occasion.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the conference room
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC (in FRENCH) saying that she is sorry because she is late; There is lot of things happening today, and she apologize for her delay. Saying that she will now speak in English because it is easier for her, but she hopes that everybody in the conference room realize that they are among friends, that she is a friend; Saying that they are here to listening everybody, all the remarkable women who have interesting things to say.
||Soundbite by Catherine Ashton (in ENGLISH): And I want this to be a day that we remember as a day that we heard from the women, and the women heard the voices of Europe showing that we will ensure that what you do is at the heart of our support, that what you do really makes difference for your countries and for your region. So, first of all I want to hear from you and I want to invite the two rapporteurs from this morning to tell us what they believe has been the most important elements of the discussions and if I may, I will invite them straightaway to do that, because for me this will be the most important part.