Highlights from the 2022 Washington Post Live Global Women’s Summit


The inaugural Global Women’s Summit brought together leading women leaders from the highest levels of government, innovative activists and bold truth-tellers for a day-long program that examined the complex dynamics in today’s world.

Highlights include:

Attendees heard from Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska, from Kyiv, about the growing challenges Ukrainians are facing and how her own family is faring as the war in Ukraine continues and reaches its nine-month mark.

“Nowadays I often hear the words ‘Ukraine-fatigue’, and that’s not correct… You can imagine how tired Ukrainians are… We need not only respect, but huge support. And we really appreciate all the support we’re getting from all countries. We see it and we feel it. And we’re really grateful,” she said.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke with Russian activist Maria Pevchikh and journalist Galina Timchenko about Putin’s 20-year rule in Russia, efforts to expose rampant corruption there, how the war in Ukraine is viewed in Russia, and Putin’s approach to the press.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield spoke to Post Associate Editor Jonathan Capehart about how Chinese President Xi could influence Putin to change course in Ukraine.

“You know, we made it clear to the Chinese that they have to use their power. They must use their special relationship with President Putin to do the right thing, and if he continues to make the mistakes he does, including his threats to use a nuclear weapon, then China must be held accountable too.”

Nazanin Boniadi, an Iranian-born actress, activist, and Masih Alinejad, an Iranian-American journalist and activist, spoke to Tina Brown about the plight of Iranian women today and the ongoing anti-government protests sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini were triggered in September.

“I see the first woman-led revolution of our time,” said Boniadi. “[W]As we see, there are men and women standing shoulder to shoulder for a feminist cause, for women’s freedom, and that’s because this Iranian society as a whole has recognized the intersectionality of gender equality and every other basic human right, what it was withheld from the Iranian people for 43 years.”

Speaking to post-Congress reporter Paul Kane, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) outlined the Jan. 6 committee’s next steps, including naming members of Congress in the final report. She also responded to Donald Trump’s upcoming presidential announcement, calling Trump’s delayed impeachment trial after Jan. 6 “a mistake of historic proportions.”

Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch MP delved into the barriers to women’s entrepreneurship with Post Foreign Affairs columnist David Ignatius and previewed some of the topics she planned to cover at her DC meeting with US Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo .

“Anything we can do to liberalize trade, to make it easier, will have disproportionate benefits, especially for women,” she said.

Climate justice advocates Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru and Xiye Bastida and US Youth Climate Strike co-founder Alexandria Villaseñor discussed the leading role young activists are playing in tackling climate change.

“What we need to do as young people is show up in these negotiations. We need to make our voice heard… This is our present, this is our future, and I think we’re setting a really important precedent for the rest of the world and the rest of the generations in terms of what needs to happen,” Gatheru told the World Summit like COP27.

Watch the full video of the summit.

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