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October 5, 2016
Representatives of IUBCCI participated in the Forum Open for Discussions organized by the local government of Buffalo, NY
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IWD 2016 campaign theme #PledgeForParity
"Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.

And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.

The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.

So how do we want to celebrate International Women's Day 2016?
We say by Pledging For Parity!

Everyone - men and women - can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly - whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity."

Commit to take action to accelerate gender parity!

On October 5th, 2016, the Secretary General of IUBCCI, Ms. Isabelle Vladoiu attended the Forum Open for Discussions organized by the local government of Buffalo, NY.
At the event were present the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of NY, Mr. William Hochul, the Erie County District Attorney,  Michael J. Flaherty, the Erie County Legislator, Ms. Betty Jean Grant, the Erie County Sheriff and representatives from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the ATF Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Buffalo, the Buffalo Special Police, the Peace Makers, Stop the Violence Coalition, Foundation for a Drug Free World and Youth for Human Rights International.

The Forum was aimed at formulating problems and finding solutions to help the community on all aspects of social, economic and cultural. The local government officials expressed their willingness to dialogue with the leaders of non-profit organizations present at the Forum, and the invitation was accepted immediately, therefore asking questions to the officials on key points.

The Secretary General of IUBCCI, Ms. Isabelle Vladoiu availed of the opportunity and addressed questions on behalf of IUBCCI on issues of economic interest, inviting at the same time the respected officials to create together the bridge to communication necessary to enhance the welfare and help the business community. Her initiative was highly appreciated by the other guests present at the Forum, which was the only intervention acclaimed.