When Gurusharan Kaur accompanies her husband, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, to Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt next week, she may have more than a ceremonial role.
Alongside the 15th NAM Summit at the Red Sea resort, a NAM first Ladies’ Summit will be held at the initiative of Egypt. Kaur will be participating in this meeting, the theme of which is “Women in Crisis Management - Perspectives and Challenges, Best Practices and Lessons Learned.”
The meeting will be anchored by the Suzane Mubarak Women’s International Peace Movement and will focus on the role of women in global economic, food, health and humanitarian crises. Heads of UN agencies —FAO, WFP, WHO, and ITU —are expected to make statements during the two separate sessions of the first Ladies’ Summit. Kaur will make a statement during this meeting.
The NAM Summit is unique this time. Apart from the focus on a number of leaders — including Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilan — are likely to call on Singh on the margins of the Summit. For the first time the leaders will be discussing the current economic crisis under the NAM banner.