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Women In The World

Women In The World

We had the most incredible time at the Women In The World Summit, hearing from truly amazing women. Hillary Clinton, as the opening speaker on the second day, set the tone for the inspiring speakers that were to come. She identified the intention of the conference as a focus “on the global challenges facing women from equal rights and education, to human slavery, literacy, the power of the media and technology to affect change in women’s futures and so much else.”

Hillary made reference to the fact that “the world is changing beneath our feet and it is past time to embrace a 21st century approach to advancing the rights and opportunities of women and girls at home and across the globe.” Her suggestion? Women must embrace technology and technological changes that “are helping inspire, organize, and empower grassroots action.”

And so, we are utilizing our own “online power” to introduce you to ten speakers who stood out for us, and who are working hard and devoting their time to, as Hillary says, make the world aware that “women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights once and for all.”

INTRODUCING THE NEXT GENERATION OF MALALAS

INTRODUCING THE NEXT GENERATION OF MALALAS

As a 1st grader, Humaira and her sister were the only ones from their slum settlement in Karachi, Pakistan to go to school, while all their friends played in the streets. At 12, Humaira realized how to redress this injustice: she would teach children at home the lessons she herself had learnt in class. At just 15 years old, she was able to move the classes from her family home, to the building now known as Dream Model Street School. Now, with the Dream Foundation Trust,  she is risking her life daily to keep the Model Street School a place where girls can get education in Pakistan.

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MEET SOUTH AFRICA’S NEW POWER PLAYER

MEET SOUTH AFRICA’S NEW POWER PLAYER

An up and coming political leader, Dr. Mamphela Ramphele is working towards forming a bold new party in South Africa – Agang. Once served with an Apartheird-era banishment order, Dr. Mamphela says she desires to see “South Africa led in a way that will restore the promise of the people. If it means I should lead, I will."

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HEAR A SUPRISING SOLUTION THAT IS SAVING MOTHERS

HEAR A SUPRISING SOLUTION THAT IS SAVING MOTHERS

Senior Chief Kwataine Masina of Malawi, witnessed a traumatic experience, wherein a woman in his district, struggling though a breech birth, died in his arms after having been left bleeding for too long because the medical personnel treating her thought "she was bewitched." This inspiring man took over as tribal chief in 2000 and made maternal survival a priority, believing that "a woman has also a right to life and a right to health. Why should women only die like goats, die like chickens just because they want to give life?" In the last few years, not one woman has died under Chief Kwataine Masina's watch.

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DISCOVER AN INGENIOUS PRODUCT

DISCOVER AN INGENIOUS PRODUCT

Kavita Shukla invented Fenugreen – a social enterprise taking on the massive global challenge of food waste with a simple innovation. The product? FreshPaper. Based on her grandmother’s Indian spiced home remedy drink and started as a middle-school project, FreshPaper is used to keep food fresher for longer. Sold across the globe, FreshPaper is said to have “the potential to revolutionize the food system”.

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BE AWARE OF THE TIPPING POINT

BE AWARE OF THE TIPPING POINT

An incredible debate on what is fueling the sexual abuse of women in India, had us in awe of Shoma Chaudhury, Managing Editor of Tehelka. Referring back to the horrific gang rape of the young Indian girl on a bus last year, Shoma, who reported on the incident, demands a change in the psychological view of rape in India. “The silence has finally been broken,” Chaudhury said. “That’s the most crucial —the shame has shifted from the survivor to the perpetrator.” Equally as compelling was Mallika Dutt, President and CEO of Breakthrough, an organization igniting change in the world of violence against women.

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LEARN ABOUT THE FUTURE TITANS OF TECHNOLOGY

LEARN ABOUT THE FUTURE TITANS OF TECHNOLOGY

As the world slowly shifts further and further online, we heard from some women determined to ensure that “girls are not left behind.” “Give a girl technology and you give her the power to change the world”, says founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani – a “movement” providing females with the chance to learn the ins and outs of the online world, meet with female entrepreneurs and discover the places they can go in their lives when they have the ability to learn, and keep connected with the changing technological world.

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UNDERSTAND THE WORLD OF AN ORPHAN

UNDERSTAND THE WORLD OF AN ORPHAN

A beautiful ballet performance by the amazing young dancer Michaela DePrince, once an orphan herself in Sierra Leone, began this very intense and detailed description of the life of an orphan, by Dr. Jane Aronson that left us all feeling responsible for helping with the poor conditions of orphanages, and encouraging the adoption process. Dr Aronson asks everyone to try “keeping it in your mind, as when we are faced with something overwhelming we like to put it away.”

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BE INSPIRED BY OPRAH’S HERO

BE INSPIRED BY OPRAH’S HERO

We were honored to be able to watch as Oprah interviewed Dr. Tererai Trent. In partnership with the Oprah Winfery Foundation and Save the Children, Trent is building a new school in Zimbabwe, a dream she says is a “miracle” – “I believe if I get educated my girls will get educated and I can break the cycle… Women’s work has never been valued and to have been asked what are your hopes and what are your dreams… breaks the chain.” “If you can only give opportunities to those who are marginalized, to women that are poor, they can achieve.”

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GET TO KNOW GIRLTANK

GET TO KNOW GIRLTANK

Two inspiring young women spoke to us about GirlTank - a global crowd-sourcing community that funds disruptive ideas and ventures aimed at helping girls. “We envision GirlTank to be the place for young women to find resources and collaboratively share a better vision for humanity”, say founders Sejal Hathi and Tara Roberts. It is a “platform and community that connects women who want to create innovative change with mentors." The crowdfunding platform provides social entrepreneurs and changemakers with an online method to secure funding for their ventures.

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AN IN-DEPTH ACCOUNT OF THE ATTROCITIES IN SYRIA

AN IN-DEPTH ACCOUNT OF THE ATTROCITIES IN SYRIA

Founder of Women for Women International, Zainab Salbi spoke of the need to achieve peace in Syria – “We want peace to be achieved and, not only peace, democracy”. With an incredibly large amount of women being raped and killed in refugee camps, something has to be done. “It is not just a gender issue, it is about security and freedom.”

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