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Empowerment of women in Latin American jewelery industry, to be focus of meeting at 2nd LATAM Diamond and Jewelry Week

21 april 2016
The role and empowerment of women in the Latin American jewelry industry will be the focus of a special meeting that will take place on the trading floor of the Panama Diamond Exchange during the Second Latin American Diamond and Jewelry Week, at the World Jewelry Hub in Panama City, June 21 to 23, 2016.
The venue for the meeting is particularly appropriate, because the Panama Diamond Exchange has bucked the industry trend, appointing women to two of the four positions in its senior management team - Ali Pastorini, PDE Senior Vice President and Judy Meana, PDE Vice President.
Latin America's single diamond exchange is also the only diamond bourse worldwide to have proportionally as large a representation of women executives, PDE reported .
"We want to look how more women in more influential positions will serve the development of an ethical and transparent jewelry and gemstone business, enahancing consumer confidence," said Ms. Pastorini.
A jeweler herself, before joining the Panama Diamond Exchange Ms. Pastorini, established her own brand with a female partner in her native Brazil, and today its jewelry is sold at multiple sites in North America and Dubai, as well as in Latin America.
Ms. Meana is a communications specialist, having started out at a journalist and becoming one of Panama's most well-known television news anchors, and later serving as the spokesperson for the Panamanian President and Government.
"In organizing this meeting during the Second Latin American Diamond and Jewelry Week we plan to do a lot more than just pay lip service to the subject. "We want this to be a first step in developing a concrete strategy for raising the involvement of women in our industry, along with an action ," Ms. Meana said.
The Second Latin American Diamond and Jewelry Week will be a commercial and networking event that is specifically designed to bring together players from both the regional and global trades. The week will also spotlight the growing role of Panama in the jewelry and gemstone business, and will feature a social and educational program that looks at challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

Alex Shishlo, Editor of the Rough&Polished European Bureau in Brussels