Between April 7 and 9, the annual conference of the Women's Funding Network (WFN) was held in New York (USA). The event is a benchmark for the exchange of experiences between funds and for anticipating trends and opportunities. This year, the meeting highlighted the power of global networks with a special focus on new technologies and the use of social media.  

On the occasion, ELAS was represented by its Executive Director, Amália Fischer, and by managers Kaká Verdade and Veronica Marques. One of the highlights of the event was a talk by the Secretary General of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, who stressed the importance of communities fully engaged in gender equality.

"I know that change can happen, but I also know that we can't do it alone. That's why I say wherever I go that partnerships are essential. Working together, we are not only more efficient, focused and understanding, bringing knowledge and experience from government, civil society, foundations and the private sector to address challenges holistically, but more powerful working from the bottom up and the top down to create the momentum for change," commented Michelle.

The ELAS experience was also portrayed during the participation of Veronica Marques on the panel that brought together the new leaders of the women's movement in the world. In her speech, the Communications and Development Manager, who is part of the WFN's young leaders group, highlighted the need to create decision-making spaces that include young women.
 
"There's an incredible generation of young women with enormous potential and the desire to work in funds, but we need to find space for our ideas and initiatives to be developed and people who believe in our desire to transform," said Veronica