June 27, 1999
The National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and the Republic of Yemen cosponsored an "Emerging Democracies Forum" in Sana'a to discuss common problems of democratic development in the world's smaller emerging democracies co-chaired by Canadian Prime Minister Kim Campbell and Former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Losada, who would both go on to become founding members of the Club de Madrid, an organization comprised of former heads of state and government dedicated to strengthening democratic values and leadership around the world.
Funders of the summit included the United Nations Development Programme and the National Endowment for Democracy. Over 200 attendees represented governments, parliaments, political parties, independent associations, and academia in 16 countries: Benin, Bolivia, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Macedonia, Malawi, Mali, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, and Yemen.
Participants shared experiences and discussed common challenges in four areas: "Politics of Hard Choices: Political Transition and Economic Restructuring"; "Building Public Trust: Elections and Legislatures"; "Participation: Democratic Decision Making, the Vital Voices of Women, Civil Society and Pluralism"; and "Achieving Good Governance: Controlling Corruption, Improving Administration, [End Page 184] and Strengthening the Rule of Law."
The conference was significant because the participants were not just academics or aid practitioners. They were the actual actors from all segments of society: political, civil society, etc. The summit was hosted by the president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Other participants included President Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali, Prime Minister Hage Geingob of Namibia, Prime Minister Abdul Karim Al-Eryani of Yemen, and the Majority Leader of Ghana's Parliament, Kwabena Adjei.
The result of the summit was the Sana'a Declaration.
June 23, 1999
"If Women Ruled the World" is a two-hour PBS documentary special featuring an historic dinner party that took place June 23, 1999 in Washington, D.C.'s landmark Senate Caucus Room on Capitol Hill. The dinner was hosted by Canada's first and only female prime minister, the Honourable Kim Campbell, and the 19 guests were celebrated women from diverse cultural, ethnic, generational and professional backgrounds. They were coming together to share their experiences and observations as trailblazers in male-dominated fields and to explore the prospects for full gender equity. The guests included Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, General Claudia Kennedy (the highest-ranking woman in the U.S. Army), feminist pioneer Betty Friedan, Elle magazine's editor-in-chief, Elaina Richardson, Newsweek's Eleanor Clift, and supermodel Alek Wek, among others.