March 10-12th in New York City was the Women in the World Summit. Participants included Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Founder and CEO of Women for Women International Zainab Salbi, ABC News anchor Christiane Amanpour, Co-Founder and Coordinator of AFEM/SK Chouchou Namegabe and many more.
What was the purpose of the Women in the World Summit? Organized by The Daily Beast, the summit is a place where a collection of stories, ideas, and solutions are brought together to discuss the challenges facing women and girls throughout the world.
According to Hillary Clinton women’s rights is one of the “….great ‘unfinished businesses’ of human history: The full emancipation and equality of women.” Clinton is correct; giving women the resources, education, and opportunities gives them power to take charge of their lives. Supporting the independence of women and families is essential to equality.
Major sponsors of the summit were American Express, the Coca-Cola Company, Exxon Mobil, Goldman Sachs, David Yurman, Delta, PWC, Thomson Reuters, and the Virtue Foundations. Corporations realize that women markets throughout the world have profit and investment potential. Could women’s equality = money?
Regardless, the dialogue and discussion is what is most important. For good or for bad corporations are realizing the possibilities. Something women already knew existed…