„Bucharest Leaders’ Summit: The future is now. Perspectives of the aftermath” was the major event dedicated to Equal Opportunities in Bucharest, Palace of Parliament on 23 May 2023.
The panel dedicated to Equal Opportunities benefited of the support of the Senate Chamber for Human Rights, Equal Opportunities, Cults and Minorities and the participation of some amazing ladies nationally and internationally recognized – Anca Dana Dragu, Chair of the Senate Committee for Human Rights, Equal Opportunities, Cults and Minorities, Her Excellency Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Delegate of Romania to UNESCO; Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality; Anna Akhalkatsi, World Bank Country Manager for Romania and Hungary; Lara Tassan Zanin, Head of the European Investment Bank Group Representation in Romania; Ramona Mihăilă, National Agency for Equal Opportunities between Women and Men; Her Excellency Sofia Grammata, Ambassador of Greece to Romania; Kalypso Goula, Secretary General for Demography and Family Policy and Gender Equality – Greece; Csaba Asztalos, President of the National Council for Combating Discrimination and Wajiha Haris, President and Founder of ”Fundația Scheherazade.
Daniela Palade Teodorescu, founding member of Association For Solidarity and Equality Romania, European Women’s Association Ambassador: „As a journalist and social activist for women’s rights, I strongly believe that you educate a woman you educate not only one person, but the whole world around her, creating a network of opportunities for her whole community’s thriving.
„A better world for women is a better world for everyone” was my motto in almost 30 years of supporting women in Romania. With our team from Association for Solidarity and Equality, we initiated an international campaign dedicated to creating awareness of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, called #WeAreHalf. With the support of TUDOR Communications and the European Women’s Association, we started to create a national movement and intend to extend it internationally.
As gender inequities in Romania are among the largest in Europe and seeing that the situation has not improved significantly over the last decade – in fact, it has gotten worse in certain aspects of different areas of activity – we are committed to the idea that gender equality really is the mother of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as the Indian proverb says “Gods are where women are respected.” Women are considered “vital counterparts” for the nation’s development and prosperity in all areas. We cannot talk about sustainability, diversity&inclusion without gender equality. A protected and balanced nature is related to the protection of women’s rights. After all, Mother Nature is a woman too!
There is a nice song on YouTube, „Put a woman in charge!” – its lyrics are very suggestive of the contemporary reality – „Here we are,/ standing on the brink of disaster/Enough is enough/ We know what the answer is – Put a woman in charge!”