19/12/2013

Regional Forum “Keys for the Development of Women’s Leadership in Latin America”

Panama-More Peace Less AIDS Foundation, December 19th 2013


A roundtable discussion on Women’s Leadership, visibility and media presence.

Regional Forum “Keys for the Development of Women’s Leadership in Latin America”

Panama-More Peace Less AIDS Foundation, December 19th 2013

A roundtable discussion on Women’s Leadership, visibility and media presence.

In general, women find it hard to talk about power: modesty makes it so. However, how can one conquer something they cannot even name? Silvia Fesquet asked this important question to the audience upon beginning her presentation.

The Regional Forum in Panama on “Keys for the Development of Women’s Leadership in Latin America” was jointly organized by the More Peace Less AIDS Foundation and ICW Latina. The audience was made up of over 70 personalities from over 22 countries in the region and issues such as women’s leadership, visibility and media presence were discussed.

With participation in impressive presentations, three professional journalists from Argentina, Nicaragua and Panama, as well as the representative from ICW Venezuela, provided us with feedback on how to close the regional workshops with tremendous success.

Roundtable participants:

-Silvia Fesquet- IWF President Argentina (International Women’s Forum) -Drafting Assistant Secretary at Diario Clarin, Argentina

-B.A.: Rommel Sánchez- Journalist and Director of the “Acción 10” National TV program in Nicaragua.

-M.A. Norma Montoto Núñez- Journalist, Panama

-Grisbel Escobar - Venezuela – ICW Latina

The most important points were discussed. To stimulate discussion, Fesquet warned that: “We must pay attention externally but also internally: the obstacles that women tend to face deal with power. We are usually at the center of the judgment of others, we judge others ourselves and we do so often without realizing the potential of our mistakes.  At many times, this brings us to be riding some sort of “stationary bicycle”, stuck in motion, without wanting to move or take a leap forwards.

Norma Montoto Núñez from Panama and Rommel Sánchez from Nicaragua pushed forward ideas in their talks which made us conclude that there is a need to delineate communications strategies and that partnerships with the media must be made.

The ultimate roundtable debate closed two days of intense intellectual work that created a common action plan for all leading participants.  In 2014, we will continue to provide updates about our plan’s progress.