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Women’s Leadership in GR and Advocacy


Women’s Leadership in GR and Advocacy

Washington D.C. – A panel discussion on “Women’s Leadership in GR and Advocacy” was held during the IGAPA GR Forum 2023 on March 6, bringing together some of the most prominent female leaders in government relations and advocacy to discuss the challenges and opportunities for women in these fields. 

The speakers were Kateryna Odarchenko, a political strategist, CEO and founder of SIC group, Board Member of IGAPA, Sherry Abedi, a General Manager for Viceroy Hotels & Resorts, Dr. Sofey Saidi, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee at the National Council of Residence of Iran. 

                                                        The speakers of the Panel

The panel discussed the biased narratives against women and their impact on leadership, highlighting the various barriers that hold women back in terms of their rights, influence, and power. Panelists shared their own experiences of facing gender-based discrimination in their careers and the importance of addressing these issues to achieve gender equality.

The discussion also focused on ways to accelerate progress toward gender equality on the international level, emphasizing the need for greater representation of women in decision-making roles. Panelists highlighted the importance of advocating for policies and practices that promote gender equality, such as pay equity and family-friendly workplace policies.

Moreover, the panelists also shared examples of successful leading women as a tool to reduce false statements towards women’s leadership. They stressed the importance of increasing visibility and support for women in leadership positions to challenge existing biases and stereotypes.

It should be noted that IGAPA, the main organizer of VII International GR Forum,

is the leading international association for public affairs professionals. The mission of The International Government Affairs Professionals Association is to advance the field of public affairs and to provide members with the executive education, expertise and research they need to succeed while maintaining the highest ethical standards. The members have direct experience in corporate and association public affairs management, lobbying, digital advocacy, global public affairs, corporate responsibility, PACs and campaign finance, crisis communication and a host of related functions. Also each year the Association hosts more than 10 conferences, seminars, webinars, forums and social events for public affairs professionals, including The International GR-Forum. 

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