19 November 2018 - 17.00-18.30 / Council of Europe Hemicycle

Interpretation: FR/EN/RU

World Forum for Democracy 2018: Plenary Session 2


Hemicycle of the Council of Europe 19 November 2018 - 17.00-18.30
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President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Liliane Maury Pasquier is a Swiss politician, member of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland, elected to the Swiss Council of States for the canton of Geneva in 2007, and is currently a member of a delegation that cooperates with the French parliament to foster cooperation between the countries. In June 2018 she was elected as the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.
ACAR Feride

Feride ACAR

President of GREVIO, Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention)

Prof. Acar has been active in the international women's human rights and gender equality arena, either as an independent expert or representing Turkey in global and regional events. She has taken part in the negotiations, drafting and/or monitoring the implementation of several fundamental international instruments on women's rights and gender equality (CEDAW, Beijing Platform for Action, CEDAW Optional Protocol, Istanbul Convention). She has organized and carried out 'trainings' on women's rights and gender equality in many countries. She is a former Chairperson and current member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

ITO Shiori

Shiori ITO



Shiori Ito is a journalist, documentary film maker. Her main focus is gender based, human rights issues. At the 2018 New York Festivals, Shiori won a silver award for the film she directed, Lonely Death in the Social Issues category. Her non-fiction book on her own rape experience and Japan's sexual violence, Black Box (2017) won the 7th FPAJ’s (Free Press Association of Japan). The Best Journalism Award in 2018. Black box is now available in Japanese, Korean and soon will be in French, Swedish and Chinese.



Deputy Speaker of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation

Russian Federation

McCARNEY Rosemary

Rosemary McCARNEY

Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament to the programme


Ms Rosemary McCarney, (BA, LLB, MBA) is an award‐winning humanitarian, a business leader, an author, a recognized public speaker and an expert on international economic development. She worked with the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, USAID and the Canadian International Development Agency, as well as with foreign governments and UN bodies. She was appointed to the position of Canadian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva in 2015. Ms McCarney has appeared regularly on national and international radio and television programmes. She has also written a series of children’s books on social and rights issues affecting children around the world, including in Canada; the first book, Every Day is Malala Day (published by Second Story Press, March 2014), is available in 12 languages in 20 countries. Her fourth book, The Way to School was published in September 2015.