GPP Executive Director spoke at 2023 Paris Peace Forum

Session: Liberty, Equality, Disparities: Keeping up the efforts to support and protect women’s rights

Date and time: November 10, 15:30–16:30 p.m. CET

About the Session:

According to UN Women, gender disparities are worsening, with less than 1 percent of women and girls living in a country with high women’s empowerment and high gender parity. At the current rate of progress, it would take another 286 years to close the global gender gaps in legal protections for women and girls (The Gender Snapshot, 2022). Sustained efforts are therefore needed to deliver on the SDGs and their objectives to increase gender equality, secure the human rights of women and girls and ensure that their fundamental freedoms are a reality. This session will explore ways to provide effective support and resources to strengthen initiatives addressing the root causes and systemic changes needed to remove the hurdles obstructing and slowing progress in the realization of all the Goals.


  • Matthew Hart, Executive Director, Global Philanthropy Project
  • Maria Fernanda Espinosa, former President of the UN General Assembly and Executive Director of GWL Voices for Change & Inclusion
  • Gulnora Mukhamadieva, Global Lead for Gender, Aga Khan Foundation
  • Trisha Shetty, Founder of SheSays, President of the Paris Peace Forum Steering Committee

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          Highlights from our Executive Director:

About the 2023 Paris Peace Forum

The 2023 Paris Peace Forum, “Seeking Common Ground in a World of Rivalry,” was held on 10-11 November in Paris.

In a world dominated by a rising US-China rivalry, it is as urgent as ever to find common ground on the governance of global commons and global public goods in domains like climate change, outer space or critical minerals. Facilitating dialogue, creating action-oriented coalitions, and defining norms or pre-norms is our way to deliver efficient responses to the urgent challenges of our time.

The 2023 Paris Peace Forum convened representatives from states, international organizations, businesses, development banks to foundations and NGOs, and more from around the world.

Since its creation in 2018 amid rising power competition and nationalism, the Paris Peace Forum has been dedicated to fostering dialogue between all continents and regions with the aim of defending international cooperation and preventing conflicts. Ever since, the Forum has gathered over 45 000 participants, 500 companies, 130 heads of state or government and 50 leaders of international organizations, all contributing to a more effective multilateralism.  

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