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

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11th: Ukrainian First Lady Olena Zelenska appeared from Kyiv at the inaugural Global Women's Summit. (Lancer Photography for The Washington Post)

The inaugural Global Women’s Summit brought together top women leaders from the highest levels of government, innovative activists and courageous truth tellers for a day-long program examining the complicated dynamics in today’s world.

Among the highlights are:

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 persists, reaching its nine-month mark.

“These days I often hear the words ‘Ukraine fatigue,’ and it’s not right… You can imagine what fatigue Ukrainians have… We need not only respect but huge support. And we really appreciate it, all the support we achieve from all the countries. We see it, and we feel it. And we are really thankful,” she said.

Watch the video.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton led a conversation with Russian activist Maria Pevchikh and journalist Galina Timchenko on Putin’s 20-year reign in Russia, the efforts to expose the rampant corruption there, how the war in Ukraine is seen inside Russia, and Putin’s crackdown on the press.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield addressed how Chinese President Xi could influence Putin to change course in Ukraine in conversation with Post Associate Editor Jonathan Capehart.

“You know, we’ve been clear to the Chinese that they need to use their power. They need to use their special relationship with President Putin to do the right thing, and if he continues to make the mistakes that he’s making, including his threats to use a nuclear weapon, then China has to also be held accountable for that.”

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

“I’m seeing the first female-led revolution of our time,” said Boniadi. “[W]hat we're seeing is men and women standing shoulder to shoulder for a feminist cause, for freedom for women, and it's because this Iranian society-at-large has recognized the intersectionality of gender equality and every other basic human right, which has been deprived from the Iranian people for 43 years.”

Speaking with Post Congressional Reporter Paul Kane, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) laid out the January 6 committee’s next steps, including naming members of Congress in the final report. She also reacted to Donald Trump’s looming presidential announcement and described the delayed impeachment trial of Trump after January 6 as “a mistake of historic proportions.”

Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch MP delved into barriers to women entrepreneurship with Post Foreign Affairs Columnist David Ignatius, previewing some of what she planned to cover in her D.C. meeting with U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo.

"Anything that we can do to liberalize trading, making it easier, will have a disproportionate benefit for women in particular," she said.

Climate justice advocates Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru and Xiye Bastida and U.S. 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 at these negotiations. We need to make our voices 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 on what needs to happen," said Gatheru of global summits like COP27.

See the full video of the summit.

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