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Strategy XXI Director Speaks at Women in Parliaments Global Forum

Women in Parliaments Global ForumOctober 15, 2015, New York, NY—Kathie Bolognese, Director, Strategy XXI Partners, spoke at the Mexico Summit 2015"Make it Happen!" held October 7-9th in Mexico City. The event, which took place at the premises of the Mexican Foreign Ministry, was co-hosted by the Women in Parliaments Global Forum and theMexican Senate.

In her role as VP of the Board of Directors, US National Committee for UN Women, Metro-NY Chapter, Kathie addressed the working session on violence against women. Her presentation titled "Moving Beyond Policies and Promises to Best Practices" highlighted government accountability for implementing institutional frameworks such as the Beijing Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to help achieve gender equality and end violence against women.

The summit gathered female Parliamentarians from 60 countries to exchange concrete steps for getting more women into positions of influence and power, and to discuss pressing global issue such as migration, trade, health care, and the sustainable development goals. High-level speakers included Laura Chinchilla, former President of Costa Rica, Susanna Malcorra, Chef de Cabinet of UN Secretary General, and Viviane Redding, Member of the European Parliament and Former VP of the European Commission, and Irune Aguirrezabal, Advisor for Political Participation, UN Women Office for the Americas and the Caribbean.

Strategy XXI Partners On Hand at Africa Day Celebration

May 27, 2015, New York, NY- The empowerment of women in Africa took center stage at the 52nd Africa Day celebration, held on Wednesday at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

The event, themed "Women's Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063," is recognition of centuries of African women's struggles against slavery and racial and gender discrimination," said Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission. Africa 2063 is a global initiative to optimize the continent's use of resources to benefit all of its citizens.

"The theme of empowerment of women shows just how far women have come in Africa," says Harriet Mouchly-Weiss, founder and managing partner at Strategy XXI and event attendee. "Women are playing bigger roles in their families, communities and in business, but there is still a long way to go."

Distinguished dignitaries, a culinary feast and cultural performances highlighted the celebration, with remarks by Sam Kutesa, President of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly; Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary General; and Miriem Oueslati Khiari, President of the UN African Ambassadors Spouses; among other dignitaries.

An offering of regional African cuisines was followed by performances by a variety of African artists, including the singer Kaissa from Cameroon; DJ Nilequeen from South Sudan; musician Oren'tchy of Cote D'Ivoire, and actor Shilongo of Namibia.

Dr. Dlamini-Zuma said Africa Day celebrates narratives of the past, present and future that will "enthuse and energize the African population and use their constructive energy to accelerate a forward-looking agenda of Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance in the 21st century."