Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodor Melescanu on Wednesday presided a meeting about public policies concerning the gender equality issues, at the Francophone Women Conference held in Bucharest until Thursday, reads a release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE).
The opening ceremony for this event took place as the Cotroceni Presidential Palace, with works continuing at the Parliament Palace. The event benefited from the participation of Michaelle Jean – Secretary General of the International Organization of La Francophonie, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim – the President of the Mauritius Republic, Yannick Glemarec – deputy executive manager of the UN Femmes organization and of Ouided Bouchamaoui – a Nobel Prize Laureate for Peace, the head of the Tunisian Union for Industry, Trade and Handicrafts.
The participants addressed the basic principles during the debates at the Conference and highlighted the positive effect of gender equality in all dimensions of political, social and economic life.
The debates during the plenary sittings and workshops focused on three major topics: women in the labour market and entrepreneurship, innovation and women’s leadership in economic governance.
Minister Teodor Melescanu presided the meeting of heads of the governmental delegations, where they mainly discussed public politics concerning gender equality and international cooperation within the UN and OIF and other inter-governmental organisations of the same kind.
On the same occasion, Melescanu had a series of bilateral meetings and discussions with high dignitaries from the states represented at the Conference, among which Armenia, Congo, Egypt, France, Canada-Quebec, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). They also discussed about the modalities to continue bilateral cooperation, with emphasis on the opportunities created by the common belonging to the Francophone world, as well as means of mutual support within the multinational international organisations.
The first day of the conference also included a cultural event organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Identity and the National Theatre “I.L. Caragiale” in Bucharest, represented by a few scenes from a recent show directed by Ion Caramitru – “National Magic.” In the theatre hall, the participants had the opportunity to admire an exhibition illustrating the manner in which the Romanian designers capitalize on the traditional elements of the Romanian traditional costume.