"Women's empowerment must not be seen as a matter of women versus men but as a matter of better outcomes for all. This shift will require new thinking, a true breakthrough."

- Breakthrough: Overcoming the Obstacles to Equality, Development and Peace." Vital Voices Global Partnership, 2010.

"Forget China, India and the internet: economic growth is driven by women"

- The Economist, April 12, 2006

"I think building up women’s capacity as leaders is getting them to the table; it’s getting them to be part of building the vision."

- Kah Walla, Cameroon

La Pietra Coalition

Who We Are

Since forming in 2009, La Pietra Coalition has worked with the goal of making the economic case for women’s empowerment.

As of 2012, the coalition facilitates an ongoing dialogue between more than 100 representatives from corporations, government, civil society, academia, and the media. Together, they use their collective expertise to set the global agenda on women’s economic empowerment. 

What We Do – and What We Have Accomplished

Since convening at the 2010 and 2011 meetings at Villa La Pietra, the coalition has: