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International Women's Rights Day: Femina Vox

International Day for Women's Rights : Femina Vox

March 7, 2022 from 7 to 9 pm

Under the high patronage of UNESCO

In partnership with Sorbonne University

Organized by

Dr. Guila Clara Kessous

Research Professor at Harvard University

UNESCO Artist for Peace, Ambassador for Peace of the Universal Circle of Ambassadors for Peace (Geneva).


This conference focuses on women's voices and their lack of resonance around the world in terms of rights, society or politics. Far from being a univocal plea, this moment of exchange is a current reflection on the national and international situation in order to bring out concrete proposals for 52% of humanity can finally be heard equally in dignity.

Today, more than ever, we must consider that we need to listen, not to respond, but to understand this female voice that has emerged from all these voices and that asks only to live, to love and to continue to help the world to prosper. The recognition of this voice will only be achieved together in a side-by-side fight, men and women united to finally build the society of tomorrow.

Dr. Guila Clara Kessous, UNESCO Artist for Peace


7:00 pm - Plenary Session

  • Introduction by Dr. Guila Clara Kessous, UNESCO Artist for Peace - Ambassador for Peace - Harvard University
  • Message by Ms. Jamila Seftaoui, Director of UNESCO's Division for Gender Equality

  • Nathalie Drach-Temam, President of Sorbonne University

  • Her Royal Highness The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and President of the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Foundation


7:15 pm - For united and collective voices

  • Elisabeth Nicoli, co-president of Alliance des femmes for Democracy
  • Ingrid Betancourt, presidential candidate in Colombia
  • Gwenola Joly Coz, first president of the Court of Appeal of Poitiers
  • Diane von Furstenberg, fashion designer, businesswoman and philanthropist
  • Marie-Aimée Peyron, former president of the Paris Bar Association
  • Chékéba Hachemi, president of Afghanistan Libre
  • Hamida Aman, founder of Radio Begum, Kabul


8:15 pm - A fight to be heard

  • Sonya Djemni Wagner, president of Women of Justice*
  • Arié Lévy, President of Sauveteurs Sans Frontières, women on Ukraine's borders
  • Isabelle Rome, magistrate, author, senior civil servant for gender equality at the Ministry of Justice
  • Tatiana Mukanire Bandalire, national movement of survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Elise Boghossian, president of Elisecare for the protection of women victims of sex trafficking in Iraq
  • Célestine Assuie, UNHCR, pour la protection des femmes Rohingya au Bangladesh


9:15 pm - Closing ceremony

  • Gabriel Joseph-Dezaize, editor in chief of Harvard Business Review France and National Geographic France
  • Leila Slimani, writer


Rising voices

  • Audrey Tcherkoff, directrice du Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society
  • Valérie Perez, editor in chief, journalist, writer
  • Tara Gandhi, granddaughter of Gandhi and activist
  • Gerald Karsenti, CEO of SAV France
  • Pierre Foldes and Fréderique Martz, Women safe and children
  • Jessica Angel, Director of Château du Fey
  • Axel Gantz, Founder of Prisma Presse
  • Leah Pisar, president of project Aladin



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