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 Sunday, 26 January, 2003, 13:49 GMT
Networking and protesting on Day Two
Stocking: Davos is "overwhelming"
Barbara Stocking, director of Oxfam, writes for BBC News Online a diary of her time at the World Economic Forum.
Two impressions stand out after another day.

The first is the extent of concern over US unilateralism, whether that means the potential war on Iraq, trade or the international criminal court.

US politicians here have been given a hard time, somewhat to the surprise of US businessmen and women.

Do the organisers not know that there is a serious debate about differences in men and women's leadership styles?

Barbara Stocking
The second impression is about women.

There are women here but most speakers at the seminars are men.

I feel outraged that a panel on leadership has no women on the platform.

Do the organisers not know that there is a serious debate about differences in men and women's leadership styles?

Trade rules

Today (Saturday) has been more of a networking day, meeting business leaders of companies linked to issues we are campaigning on.

That can be pretty daunting.

Barbara Stocking, Oxfam
Security has got much tighter today because of a small, but vocal demonstration - we went to join them for a while to show support.

Barbara Stocking
I'm expected to be able to jump between issues like cheap medicines for HIV/ Aids, trade rules and coffee.

We met the Head of Nestle to talk about the global coffee crisis and how it hurts poor farmers.

I managed to do one thing just for me.

I went to listen to a session on China - described as a market system with an equal focus on social justice and equality.

Understanding how China has managed to reduce poverty so dramatically is important if we are to make progress in other parts of the world.

Security has got much tighter today because of a small, but vocal demonstration.

We went to join them for a while to show support.

It was mainly young Swiss people who care about poverty and injustice.

We struggled to get back into the conference centre afterwards, through the ranks of riot police, and missed our meeting with Mr Garnier, the CEO of Glaxo Smith Kline.

We had planned to talk about how to make vital medicines more available to poor countries. Hope we can meet tomorrow.



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