Posts tagged ‘development’

Girl Rising: Sign Up for a Screening!

girl risingTickets are available now for screenings of the new film Girl Rising! According to PureWow,

Girl Rising [is] a documentary-narrative hybrid about nine extraordinary girls from around the world–and the opportunities afforded them by education. The filmic equivalent of a short-story collection, each segment stars a real girl acting out an episode from her own life.

“The scripts were written by novelists from the girls’ home countries (Cambodia, Afghanistan, Peru and more) and then narrated by actresses like Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Kerry Washington. The most affecting story, for instance, was written by Haiti’s Edwidge Danticat, read by Cate Blanchett and stars an infectiously adorable child who refuses to give up on schooling in post-earthquake Port-au-Prince.”

Find a screening near you: http://girlrising.com/see-the-film/

March 14, 2013 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

Passports to Progress Event feat. Andrea Mitchell, Christy Turlington Burns – March 7

Rude Awakening

The complex epidemic of violence young women and girls face in India and beyond

Join the International Center for Research on Women on the eve of International Women’s Day for its first Passports to Progress event in support of its new campaign, Turning Point: Changing the Course for Adolescent Girls Worldwide. A diverse panel of leading experts in the fields of gender, rights and development will discuss the many ways in which violence against women – especially young women and girls – in non-conflict settings has become a global epidemic.

Moderator:

Andrea Mitchell NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and host of MSNBC’S “Andrea Mitchell Reports”

Panelists:

Michael Elliott, President/CEO of ONE

Christy Turlington Burns, Founder of Every Mother Counts and Director/Producer of “No Woman, No Cry”

Stella Mukasa, Director of Gender Violence and Rights at ICRW

Ravi Verma, Regional Director, Asia at ICRW

With a special video presentation by Kavita Ramdas, Ford Foundation’s Regional Representative in New Delhi.

When: Thursday, March 7, 2013               6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: National Press Club 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor Washington, DC 20045

This event is free to attend, but registration is required.

Register here: http://passports2progress2013.eventbrite.com/#

February 22, 2013 at 10:39 am 1 comment

U.S. Department of State Hosts Forum Nov. 16: “Investing in Women To Maximize Returns”

Press types, you can sign up to attend this event.   I’m looking forward to hearing about Ambassador Verveer’s talk, “Corporate Citizenship: Women–The Optimal Investment”!

“The Department of State will host the Investing in Women To Maximize Returns forum at the Department’s George C. Marshall Center on November 16. Over 100 private sector executives, senior government officials, and nonprofit organization representatives, will meet to discuss strategic investments in women’s economic potential that the private sector is making to drive smart business growth. Participants will share best practices that go beyond corporate social responsibility programs and view investments in women and girls as critical business decisions. The forum will also identify new opportunities for advancing the status of women and girls through innovative public and private sector economic initiatives and programs.”

Read more: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/11/200559.htm

November 15, 2012 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

UNICEF Turns Pinterest’s Consumer Focus On Its Head

THE (INTENTIONALLY) SADDEST PINTEREST PAGE IN THE WORLD

BY: JOE BERKOWITZ

UNICEF creates a page for Ami Musa, a young girl from Sierra Leone, to bring her “pinnable” interests and ours into sharp relief…

UNICEF has turned that naked consumerism on its head with a Pinterest board that showcases a human being’s most basic wants.

The world humanitarian organization and agency Weapon 7 recently created a page on Pinterest that ostensibly reflects the wishes and hopes of 13-year old Sierra Leona resident, Ami Musa. While that concept may sound like The Onion-style satire, in execution it’s anything but. While lots of Pinterest pages are chockablock with decorating ideas, wardrobe aspirations, and fantasy meals to cook, young Ami’s reminds us that for some people, running water alone would be a dream come true. Pinterest users can repin her posts and click on any of them to donate.

Read the full article here: http://www.fastcocreate.com/1681565/the-intentionally-saddest-pinterest-page-in-the-world

Follow Ami’s Pinterest board here: http://pinterest.com/AmiMusa/

September 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

What Europe Can Teach the US (and Beyond?) About Gender in the Boardroom

“Smart organizations understand that in these tough economic times, no one can afford to curtail or shut out top talent, no matter their gender or ethnicity.”    A Harvard Business Review look at women leaders in business.

What Europe Can Teach the US About Gender in the Boardroom

by Sylvia Ann Hewlett  |  10:03 AM September 12, 2012

As the U.S. presidential campaign moves into its final months, newspapers are full of promises from both candidates. But there’s promising news from Europe that’s also worth attention.

A proposal being drafted by the European Commission and expected to be formally introduced next month by Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights, and Citizenship, would force euro-zone companies larger than 250 employees or with more than €50 million in annual revenues to reserve at least 40% of their nonexecutive director board seats for women by 2020 or face fines and other sanctions…

Smart organizations understand that in these tough economic times, no one can afford to curtail or shut out top talent, no matter their gender or ethnicity. A McKinsey study found that across all industry sectors, companies with the most women on their boards of directors significantly and consistently outperform those with no female representation: by 41% in terms of return on equity and by 56% in terms of operating results. In other words, diversity — especially gender diversity — unlocks growth.

Read the full article: http://blogs.hbr.org/hbr/hewlett/2012/09/what_europe_can_teach_the_us_about_gender_in_the_boardroom.html

September 17, 2012 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

Egyptian grandmother turns eco-friendly online healthy-food entrepreneur #hwhtw

So many things to like about this story: great news for Egypt’s economy, human health, the environment, and women’s entrepreneurship!

Dried produce seller utilizes solar technology to create a healthy snacking alternative

Megan Detrie
Tue, 21/08/2012 – 11:11
Menar Meebed’s company, Minnie’s Dried Fruits and Vegetables, arose out of little more than an attempt to find healthy snacks for her grandchildren.

“My grandchildren used to eat a lot of junk, and I’m not a junk food person, so I wanted to offer them something nutritious, and dried fruits in Egypt is limited to the typical variety of Ramadan food, so I started to dry apples and bananas at home,” Meebed said.

What began as snack time in Meebed’s kitchen has grown to become a thriving business utilizing solar drying technology and local produce, and empowering women in rural areas of Egypt.

Read the full article: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/dried-produce-seller-utilizes-solar-technology-create-healthy-snacking-alternative

August 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm 1 comment

Infographic: “The Revolution will be led by a 12-year-old girl” @Womens_eNews @VitalVoices @Pinterest

Found on Pinterest thanks to Vital Voices and Women’s eNews!

August 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm 1 comment

Be the Change: Promise Rings from Tumbleweed Bead Co. @shoptumbleweed #hwhtw

Jewelry makers Tumbleweed Bead Co. have launched The Promise Project to donate a portion of proceeds from their promise rings to charities that empower women.  $1 from each ring sold (they start at $10!) goes to Women Thrive Worldwide and YWCA Wenatchee Valley.  But why promise rings?

“Inspiration for our Promise Rings came from a fabulous friend. She bought herself a ring, made herself a promise, and wore the ring as a constant reminder to keep that promise to herself! ”

Read more and buy your ring here: http://www.tumbleweedbeadco.com/pages/promise-project

August 6, 2012 at 11:48 am Leave a comment

Study: “Overcoming the Gender Gap: Women Entrepreneurs as Economic Drivers” @TheWomanEffect #hwhtw

In a study for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Lesa Mitchell “explores the intersection of two issues that often are thought of separately: the need for sustained economic recovery in the United States, and the status of  women’s entrepreneurship.”  She concludes that “Women capable of starting growth companies may well be our greatest under-utilized economic resource,” and goes on to add:

“It is essential to see women’s entrepreneurship as an economic issue, not a gender-equity issue. When new companies and industries flourish, everyone benefits. And the returns will increase when more women contribute to the process by bringing their ideas to market and building high-growth firms around them.”

Read the full study here: http://www.kauffman.org/uploadedFiles/Growing_the_Economy_Women_Entrepreneurs.pdf

Thanks to InPowerWomen for the tip!

August 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm 1 comment

Join the Discussion: CSW 57 @UN_Women #hwhtw #CSW57

Via UN Women: “Online forum on ending & preventing violence against women & girls. We are calling for civil society input as preparations for the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 57 begin.”

“Between 23 July – 3 August 2012, a dynamic online discussion will bring together Civil Society Organisations and experts who work on violence against women around the world. By checking in online during the two weeks, they will answer questions and share thoughts on best practices, gaps and challenges in this field.

“Findings from these inputs will be used by UN Women to inform two UN Secretary-General’s reports for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women and guide the discussion of CSW members. They will also be published online in a report on the key themes of the discussion.

“UN Women encourages and welcomes all those who work in this field to take part in the consultation, contribute your views and experiences, and help to enrich the discussion that will feed into CSW 57.”

Read more and join the conversation: http://www.unwomen.org/2012/07/an-invitation-join-the-discussion-at-csw-57/

July 26, 2012 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Join the US National Committee for UN Women’s Orange Day Twitter Party! @USNC_UNWomen #orangeday #usnc4orange

You’re invited to a Twitter Party to celebrate the launch of Orange Day! Grab something orange, pose for a pic, and tweet it to us at @USNC_UNWomen starting at 12 noon Eastern time (9 AM Pacific)!  Hashtag: #usnc4orange

July 25, 2012 at 9:28 am Leave a comment

Forbes: “Women’s Leadership and Mentorship in the Developing World” @Forbes #hwhtw

Great to see women leaders and mentors getting attention in the press!  Via Vital Voices:

“‎’Women frequently face cultural barriers and discrimination in moving into leadership positions, and it is very helpful have experienced role models and mentors who can provide guidance and encouragement.’ – Ann Veneman, former Executive Director of UNICEF and former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, on the importance of mentorship in the developing world.

“Read the Forbes article in which Ann Veneman discusses why she is so passionate about our Global Ambassadors Program, the importance of leadership and mentorship in empowering women globally, and more!”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/rahimkanani/2012/07/23/ann-veneman-on-womens-leadership-and-mentorship-in-the-developing-world/

July 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

“Forget Foreign Aid, Focus on Foreign Investment In Women Entrepreneurs” by @startupbiztalk in @ForbesWoman #myAWD

Forget Foreign Aid, Focus on Foreign Investment In Women Entrepreneurs

Cheryl Isaac, Contributor

Foreign aid can sometimes account for over 90% of a country’s GDP; yet developing nations are quickly learning that foreign aid is not a long-term solution. And over the past few years, we’ve seen just how interconnected the global economy is: a misstep in one economy, affects the global economy.

Dambisa Moyo, economist and author of Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working And How There is a Better Way For Africa, argues that foreign aid to Africa is hurting, not helping the continent.

“Policymaking…has to set the environment to make it conducive for people to invest, be entrepreneurial and to innovate,” Moyo told Forbes Woman.

Investment in entrepreneurship—particularly women entrepreneurship—can lead to long-term growth in developing countries, the type of change that affects economic development, and a collaborative effort that influences innovation and empowers citizens to contribute to their nation’s GDP.

Read the full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/worldviews/2012/07/06/forget-foreign-aid-focus-on-foreign-entrepreneurship-for-women/

July 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm 4 comments

Video: “Break the Silence” @SayNO_UNiTE

“This week’s Say NO – UNiTE Video of the Week (2 – 8 July 2012) is from circleandsquare and was filmed backstage at VOICES FOR THE VOICELESS, a benefit concert for survivors of rape and sexual abuse held on 24 February 2012 in Arusha, Tanzania. It features the song, “Break the Silence,” which was composed for the event by American singer-songwriter Maya Azucena, Kenyan singer-songwriter Maia von Lekow and Kenyan guitarist-vocalist Lavosti.”

Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/saynotoviolence

 

July 6, 2012 at 11:57 am Leave a comment

Event: “Gender Dynamics of Development in Pakistan” @KashfFoundation @AtlanticCouncil #Pakistan #hwhtw

An event tomorrow morning on gender in Pakistan, one of the major battlegrounds of gender equality recently!

“Please join the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center on June 26 for a public discussion on “Gender Dynamics of Development in Pakistan,” with Ms. Roshaneh Zafar, founder and managing director of Kashf Foundation, chair of Kashf Holding and chair and founder of Kashf Microfinance Bank Limited based in Pakistan. The event will be moderated by Shuja Nawaz, director of the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center.”

Learn more and register: http://dc.linktank.com/event/gender_dynamics_of_development_in_pakistan?utm_source=DC+Linktank&utm_campaign=c8b6732d98-DC_Linktank_Weekly_Events-06_24_012&utm_medium=email#.T-iFMbVYsgg

June 25, 2012 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

Be the Change: “Empower Girls Through Football In A Slum In India” @realitygives @YuwaFootball #hwhtw

Reality Gives and YUWA are raising funds for a girls’ football program in the infamous Dharavi slum in Mumbai – the setting of Slumdog Millionaire.  (I visited Reality’s community center and school in Dharavi last year and was impressed with their work.)  Check out this video telling the story of how soccer changed one girl’s life for the better!

Watch the video: 

Learn more and donate to the project: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/football-for-girls-empowerment/

June 18, 2012 at 5:59 pm 1 comment

“A world in balance requires gender equality, says @UN_Women” #genderequality #rioplus20 #hwhtw

A world in balance requires gender equality, says UN Women

Michelle Bachelet outlines policy actions needed at Rio+20 Conference to bring transformational change.

United Nations, New York, 14 June 2012 — Ahead of the UN Conference for Sustainable Development next week in Rio de Janeiro, UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet has called upon world leaders for bold action and strong commitments to advance women’s equal rights, opportunity and participation. The Conference, also known as Rio+20, will bring together heads of state and government, and representatives of civil society and the private sector to build a road map for a sustainable future, aiming to reduce poverty and advance equality and environmental protection.

Read the full statement: http://www.unwomen.org/2012/06/a-world-in-balance-requires-gender-equality-says-un-women/

June 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm Leave a comment

Event: “Women Entrepreneurs: Innovative Approaches to Financing New Businesses” @MilkenInstitute @GWtweets @SBAgov @samanthaettus

Interesting event coming up on Monday in DC!

The Milken Institute and the George Washington University Present


Women Entrepreneurs:
Innovative Approaches to Financing New Businesses


A panel discussion with special guests

The Honorable Karen Mills
Administrator, United States Small Business Administration

Peggy Wallace
Managing Director, Golden Seeds 

Melinda Wittstock
CEO and Founder, NewsiT

Lisa Hall
President & CEO, Calvert Foundation
Leadership Council, AEO One in Three Initiative

and

Moderator
Samantha Ettus
Best-selling Author and Contributor, Forbes
Founder, Working Moms Lifestyle

 Women entrepreneurs are a growing force in the economy. Between 1997 and 2011, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States grew at twice the rate of men-owned firms. Nevertheless, one of the fundamental challenges facing any entrepreneur today is finding the capital to launch and grow a business. Do women entrepreneurs face unique challenges or issues in obtaining start-up financing and growth capital? Are there policy or market solutions that can help to facilitate the flow of capital or credit to start-up enterprises and small businesses, especially those owned by women? We welcome our distinguished panelists to explore these and related questions.

Read more and register: http://www.cvent.com/events/women-entrepreneurs-innovative-approaches-to-financing-new-businesses/event-summary-b01fb1da72d44664ac858de7d621ce75.aspx?goback=%2Egde_40662_member_122863129

June 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm Leave a comment

Say NO – UNiTE Video of the Week! @UN_Women @USNC_UNWomen @MaggieSchmitz #hwhtw #VAW

Thanks to Maggie Forster Schmitz of USNC-UN Women for sharing!

“Every week UN Women’s Say NO – UNiTE to End Violence against Women YouTube Channel features a different video that speaks on the issue.”

“This week’s Say NO — UNiTE Video of the Week is a profile of the Thuthuzela Care Centres in South Africa produced by UNTV for UN Women.  ‪The Thuthuzela Care Centres are ‘one-stop shops’ designed to address the needs of sexual assault survivors. The centres provide emergency medical care, crisis counseling, police investigation and court preparation in an integrated and survivor-friendly manner.  Watch video >>

“Missed last week’s video? Check out our playlist for Say NO’s 2012 Video of the Week:http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL12DEF6ACEBED95DC

“Say NO is always on the lookout for compelling and insightful videos addressing violence against women to feature in its weekly slot. Have a suggestion? Send the name of the video and YouTube url link directly to ryan.brown@unwomen.org

June 12, 2012 at 11:10 am Leave a comment

“Algeria: Increase of Women in Parliament Is a Step Towards Gender Equity” @iKNOW_Politics @MakeWomenCount #myAWD

Congrats to Algeria!

“‘UN Women commends Algeria for reaching and surpassing the target of 30 per cent women in parliament as recommended in the Beijing Platform for Action and general recommendations of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women,’ said the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michele Bachelet.”

Read the full article: http://allafrica.com/stories/201205170088.html

May 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm Leave a comment

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