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Expo 2015: We want to make history with women leaders, says Bonino

“The ministry of foreign affairs is working hard on its plan for a women-oriented EXPO. We truly want it to make a bit of history and that from now on an EXPO that disregards the leading role of women will be unimaginable”. Minister for Foreign Affairs Emma Bonino spoke at the conference “Building a Women’s Partnership for Food Security”, organised within the context of the project “Women for EXPO” the day before the 6th Italy-Latin America and Caribbean Conference.

An example for future expos

The minister’s hope is that the plan to organised a Women-oriented EXPO will be an example for future expos, “wherever they are held”. In fact, she remarked, “the next is going to be held in Dubai, so we would very much like to act as a bridge, we understand the difficulties, but hope that many things can happen over 5 years’ time, and since starting off from an example sometimes makes it difficult to turn back”.

Aung San Suu Kyi on the board

Bonino then announced that Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the Burmese opposition, had accepted her invitation to be a member of the board of “Women for Expo”, bearing witness to the fact that women’s role in food security is “a theme that concerns the entire world”, the minister said, explaining that the EXPO 2015 would be “a growth opportunity for the country”.