Session IV

The Emerging Power of Women’s Diplomacy toward Sustainable Peace


The state of international affairs should reflect the society it represents. Therefore, women’s inclusion in leadership is vital to serve the best interests of human development, peace, and prosperity. They often impact in innovative and effective ways by bringing a people-to people diplomacy and local knowledge to the global agenda. Women leaders, including First Ladies, have been able to open doors for the sharing of cultures, building bridges between people and generations, and providing realistic solutions. 

This session will celebrate women in diplomacy, highlight their successes and challenges as they serve their nations, and provide models for women’s engagement in advancing the peaceful settlement of the two Koreas.


H.E. Anneli Jäätteenmäki

Prime Minister (2003), Finland

H.E. Nayla Moawad

Former First Lady, Minister of Social Affairs (1992-2004), Lebanon

H.E. Neziha Labidi

Minister for Women, Family, Children and Senior Citizens (2016-2020), Tunisia

Mrs. Kholoud Wattar Kassem

Founder & President, Lebanese Women Towards Decision Making NGO, Lebanon

Dr. Sun Jin Moon

Senior Vice President, Women’s Federation for World Peace International

Mrs. Carolyn Handschin

Coordinator for Europe & Middle East, International Association of First Ladies for Peace