Parabere – Bilbao, 1st and 2nd March 2015

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PARABERE Forum is an independent international platform featuring women’s views and voices on major food issues. The forum is committed to improving the state of the gastronomy, food, nutrition and agriculture by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society.

Deploying women’s experience and expertise across all generations and geographies, it offers practical discussions on how to overcome barriers and create new horizons and opportunities, as well as broad, rich and surprising debate on important ideas.

PARABERE Forum also promotes the advancement of women world-wide via business and social networks.



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Dr. Vandana Shiva


PARABERE Forum will bring together top opinion-shapers from corporations and civil society in a two-days meeting to take place on 1st. and 2nd. March 2015 in Bilbao (Spain). Debates and speeches will include opinion leaders, food activists, international scientists, farmers and top women chefs from 5 continents.

The Forum, which will gather some 400 participants, will focus on generating more input from women on key topics. If our societies are to evolve towards greater sustainability, more fairness, stronger growth and increased social progress, women must be able to take their rightful place.

Currently, it’s obvious that there’s a deficit of women representatives in the gastronomy. At the same time — and this may not be a coincidence — there is an enormous suspicion on the food industry. We need women’s voices to be heard and women’s talents to be deployed, so that we can boost confidence in food, and construct a vision of the future based on the values of sustainability and equal opportunity.

Speakers at PARABERE Forum will include high-level women and men involved in agriculture, food and gastronomy from Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, Finland France, Guatemala, India, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Zimbawe, and representatives of the media and civil society.

We are convinced that the more women we have sharing stories, successes and problems, the faster we will close the gender gap in the gastronomy sector. Let’s meet in Bilbao in April 2015, let’s network and exchange ideas. Let’s put all initiatives together under one roof and show women of the food and gastronomic sector the possibilities out there. Empowering women is a pillar for a better world.

PARABERE FORUM is a non-profit organization.


“INSPIRATION” 2015 Forum theme


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Hilal Elver

In 2015 Parabere Forum will acknowledge, celebrate and support the outstanding work of remarkable individuals who are quietly changing the world through gastronomy:

Roberta Sudbrack, Chef owner of restaurant RS (Brazil)

Leonor Espinosa, Chef and Food activist, Funelo Foundation (Colombia)

Maria Fernanda de Giacobbe, Chocolate Master (Venezuela)

Isabel Soares, Futa Feia (Portugal)

Kamilla Seidler, Gustu – Melting Pot (Bolivia)

Dominique Crenn, Chef and owner of Atelier Crenn (USA)

Chido Govera, Farmer, Campainger and Educator – Future of Hope (Zimbawe)

Gayle Quarmby, Outbak Pride (Australia)

Imma Guixé, Oxfam Intermon (Ethiopia)

Nadia Zerouali & Merijn Tol, Arabia (The Netherlands)

Jessamy Rodriguez, Hot Bread Kitchen (USA)

Thais Compoint, The Coca Cola Company (UK)

Karina Dobrotvorskaya, Condé Nast (International)

Ruth Reichl, Former NYT food critic, former Gourmet editor (USA)

Allan Jenkins, The Observer (UK)

Dr. Vandana Shiva, Activist, alternative PEACE NOBEL Prize (India)

Dr. Hilal Elver, United Nations special rapporteur (UN / ONU)

… among many others.


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