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Be the Change: “12 Days of Giving to Support Women and Girls Globally” @StephenieFoster @CIPE @VitalVoices #hwhtw

Start 21012 off right: Stephenie Foster’s HuffPost article identifies 12 fabulous women-friendly charities worthy of support.  Some notable entries:

For the fourth day (“colly birds – or is it calling birds?’): The Women in Public Service Project was launched in early December at the U.S. Department of State by Sec. Clinton. Founded by a partnership between the Department of State and the Seven Sisters women’s colleges, it will create training, mentoring and networking opportunities for emerging women leaders from across the globe.

For the sixth day (“geese a laying’): the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) [hosts of this year’s Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference – see: https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/tag/democracy-that-delivers-for-women]

For the twelfth (“drummers drumming”): Vital Voices Global Partnership [an HWHTW favorite! – see: https://hwhtw.wordpress.com/tag/vital-voices/]

See the full list: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stephenie-foster/12-days-of-giving-to-supp_b_1169488.html

January 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm 1 comment

#DTDW Melanne Verveer: “Progress for women and progress for democracy go hand in hand”

Ambassador Verveer’s speech at the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference has been posted online.  Some highlights:

“Progress for women and progress for democracy go hand in hand.”

“Democracy without women is a contradiction in terms.”

Quoting an article in Foreign Policy: “The economic history of the last 50 years has been the entrance of the female half of the population into the workplace. Women started working out of necessity; they stayed when jobs became careers. They were hired in a hunt for diversity and kept because of their talent. The result has been a world-changing revolution. Today, women are not just good for the bottom line: they’re fundamental to bringing nations out of poverty and they just might be the future of work.”

Read the full speech: http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2011/167142.htm

July 5, 2011 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: “Business Development for Democracy”

In Isobel Coleman’s blog for CFR, Gayle Lemmon offers her highlights of the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference.  She says:

“The progress women entrepreneurs have made is real and, as Verveer noted, we are ‘witnessing a dramatic change in the role women are playing in the global economy.’ Yet along with all the ‘access’ challenges mentioned above, which also confront men, women face challenges that are unique…”

Read the full article: http://blogs.cfr.org/coleman/2011/06/30/business-development-for-democracy/

July 1, 2011 at 10:42 am Leave a comment

#DTDW: Highlights, Part 2

More favorite quotes from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference:

Sandra Taylor: “Companies are realizing that women are an emerging market of significant importance.”

Sandra Taylor: “Investing in women leads to stronger economic growth for communities, countries, and companies.”

Sandra Taylor: “2011-2020 is the critical decade for women’s economic advancement.”

Shelly Porges, quoting Sec. Clinton: “The logic for connecting women to the global economy is compelling.”

Shelly Porges: the State Department’s Global Women’s Business Initiative focuses on “women owned businesses that are viable but have not yet scaled.”

Shelly Porges: “Women’s economic empowerment is a driver for other kinds of rights.” 

Shari Berenbach: “The real creative solutions are the ones that are crafted and come out of experiences on the ground.”

Shari Berenbach: “SMEs punch above their weight in terms of generating jobs and economic growth.”

June 23, 2011 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: Highlights, Part 1

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference:

David Chavern: “Business is the answer, not the problem.”

David Chavern: “Countries that treat women badly, do badly.”

Gayle Lemmon: “Women make sure there’s a community to go back to when the war is over.”

Gayle Lemmon: “In tough parts of the world, women turn to business to make sure their children get fed.”

Gayle Lemmon: “Unsung heroines and aspiring entrepreneurs are all around us.”

Mary Schnack: “Women don’t need to be sitting on a dirt floor to need help growing their businesses.”

Mary Schnack: “We need to help women recognize themselves as leaders and be honored as leaders”

Gayle Lemmon: “Afghan women are desperate for peace, but afraid it will come at the price of their right to go to work and school.”

More to come!

June 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: Mentorship and Skill-Building for Effective Women’s Advocacy

More from the Democracy That Delivers for Women Conference:

The panel on “The Role of Women in Democratic Reform” emphasized the importance of mentoring and sharing knowledge for giving women a voice in the political process. 

Shari Bryan of the National Democratic Institute noted the success of the “IKnowPolitics” website: mentors and peers share advice and best practices to help other women run for office – and win.

Michelle Bekkering of the International Republican Institute cited a World Bank study that found that an 8% increase in women in a country’s national parliament corresponded with a 20% drop in corruption, but noted that women activists often complain that women at the top (Presidents and Prime Ministers) “aren’t working to bring other women up the ladder.”

Nancy Mills of the American Center for International Labor Solidarity said that economic and political advocacy are linked: women gain skills in economic advocacy that allow them to move into political advocacy.

June 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm Leave a comment

#DTDW: Power Lunch

I’m such a conference geek – I’m glowing with delight over the amazing, enlightening lunch I just had with Ambassador Steve Steiner, conference panelist Kathleen Kuehnast of USIP, USAID human trafficking expert Katherine Blakeslee, and development maven Patty Marcus, just back from Iraq.

June 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm Leave a comment

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