In an ever-changing world, as gender roles are constantly being redefined and refuted, it is paramount that we look at the impact of women in the context of a global society.

Gillian Martin Sorensen, Senior Advisor at the United Nations Foundation, is in a position to do just this. She is a member of the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and a national advocate on matters related to the UN and the UN-U.S. relationship. Her words are a testament to her devotion: “The health, educational rights, and opportunity for women and girls, has been a key component of the work of the UN for sixty years—not only for the free and developed nations of the world, but for the poor and underdeveloped nations as well.”

At her lecture entitled “The International State of Women,” Ms. Sorensen will offer her perspective on how the UN can continue this mission. The event will be held on April 14th from noon to 1:15pm at the Athletic Club of Columbus.

This address is part of the Columbus Council on World Affairs Women’s Series and is hosted in partnership with the United Nations Association Columbus Chapter.

“The Council is proud to welcome such a distinguished global expert to initiate a much-needed conversation about the state of women internationally,” said Patrick Terrien, President and CEO at the Council. “Many thanks to the local United Nations Association for helping make this possible.”

Gillian Sorensen is a shining example of the impact of women in contemporary society. From 1997 to 2003, she served as Assistant Secretary-General for External Relations on appointment by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Before this she was Special Advisor for Public Policy for Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Ms. Sorensen is a graduate of Smith College and has studied at the Sorbonne in Paris.

The Columbus Council on World Affairs educates Central Ohio about the people and events that shape our world. Founded in 1975, the Council welcomes participation by anyone with an interest in international affairs.