Tina Brown Gives Us a Primer to Women in the World

4 years ago

The Women in the World Summit is a news-making forum for dynamic women and girls – and the men who champion them. Founded in 2009, it as a powerful live event intended to share narratives, discussions and offer insights on how women and girls are changing the world.


In 2015, Women in the World became a joint venture with The New York Times and launched a new digital home on Nytimes.com. This November 20, 2015, the summit comes to India. Earlier this month, as she geared up for this extraordinary event, founder Tina Brown – ex-editor in chief of Tatler, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and The Daily Beast – was kind enough to share her thoughts:


Why was it important to bring Women in the World Summit to India?

I’ve always wanted to bring the Women in the World Summit to India. When our partnership with The New York Times allowed for a global expansion, India was at the top of my list.


Now more than ever, women are leading cultural, political and economic change and making their voices heard.

Women in India are playing vibrant new roles in every aspect of society, so it’s only natural that we bring the live journalism of Women in the World here.


This one-day summit in Delhi will convene newsmakers from India and across the globe to share their stories and offer insights on how women and girls are changing the world.

Nicole Kidman interviewed by Tina Brown at the Women in the World summit, London, 2015

What are some themes and issues pivotal to the agenda?

We have an amazing line-up of participants including Cate Blanchett, US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Minister of Human Resource Development Smriti Irani and Madhuri Dixit Nene. Women in the World India is co-hosted by Anand Mahindra, Barkha Dutt, Nita Ambani and Shabana Azmi.


One theme at Women in the World India is women and international conflicts, like Robi Damelin and Bushra Awad, an Israeli and a Palestinian mother working together to find peace or Obiageli Ezekwesili founder of the Bring Back Our Girls movement in Nigeria, or Lynsey Adarrio, the famed photojournalist, who will be speaking about the current refugee crisis.


What are some of your favourite moments from the WITW summit in New York earlier this year? 

One of my favourite moments from the Women in the World Summit earlier this year at Lincoln Centre in New York was the heated debate between Barkha Dutt and Leslee Udwin. It’s become a rarity, especially in the United States, to have a real debate between two intelligent people over a contentious issue – and it’s even more rare that it’s two women.

Aamir Khan at WITW New York, 2015

What are your hopes for the summit in terms of impact? 

Women in the World is a news platform that views international news through the eyes of women and the men who champion them.  The mainstream media too often ignores these incredible narratives. We shine a spotlight on women to illuminate their stories and provide new role models.


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