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Sydney to attract more than 1000 world leaders at “Davos for Women” 2018 Global Summit

Georgina Dent /

Sydney will host the 2018 Global Summit of Women, a prestigious international event dubbed “Davos for Women“.

The summit is over 25 years old and is described as a business summit which focuses on women’s advancement in the global economy.

Sydney’s successful bid was announced in Tokyo over the weekend at the 2017 Summit, which was attended by Japan’s Prime Minister H.E. Shinzo Abe and a delegate of Australian leaders.

The 2018 Summit is expected to attract more than 1,000 leaders across private and public sectors from 80 countries, and inject over $2 million into the New South Wales economy.

Speaking from Japan, the chief executive of Business Events Sydney, the organisation which helped steer the successful bid, Lyn Lewis-Smith, said it is an opportunity to showcase progressive government and private sector strategies that level the playing field for women.

“Hosting events like the Global Summit of Women will be a catalyst for greater economic empowerment of Australian women by shining a spotlight onto under-performing areas, eliciting tangible commitments from our leaders to change the status quo,” Lewis-Smith said.

“A recent EY report suggests that tapping into women’s global potential could be the equivalent of having another one billion people in the workforce, driving economic growth around the world.”

Lucy Turnbull, David Thodey, Diane Smith-Gander, Lynette Mayne, Kerrie Mather, Elizabeth Broderick, Cassandra Kelly, Keith Pitt, Bill Shorten, Tanya Plibersek, Linda Burney and Pru Goward are among the leaders who supported the bid.

“BESydney would not have won this bid without the strong support of Cassandra Kelly, Lynette Mayne and Ann Sherry,” Lewis-Smith told Women’s Agenda

Executive Chair of Carnival Australia and GlobeWomen International Planning Committee Member, Ann Sherry, advocated on behalf of Australia’s 2018 bid.

“Australia can showcase our world leading initiatives such as the Male Champions of Change program, the impact of advocacy organisations like Chief Executive Women, and our record supporting women in the Indo- Pacific to enter the global supply chain,” Sherry said.

“World leaders can learn from Australia, and we, in turn, still have much to learn from the rest of the world.”

This article was first published by Women’s Agenda.

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Georgina Dent

Georgina Dent is a journalist, an editor, and a passionate advocate for gender equality. The former lawyer is a regular media commentator, public speaker, MC and is the contributing editor of Women's Agenda.

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