Women of The World; a summit
Early last spring, we (Andrea Steffens, executive director and Wendy Hawkins, operations director) attended The Women in the World summit.
We were deeply moved -- to tears constantly -- by the depth and incredible bravery of women in the world -- very well produced and created by women who care about women. It included people like Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep, Angelina Jolie, Christiane Amanpour and other well known people -- but wait... it wasn't about them, about the celebrities, it was about their commitment to the unknown women and girls who are committed to change even where it is dangerous and there are few resources. The presence of celebrities brings public attention that is otherwise impossible to acheive. The profits from this event goes to the WITW foundation that supports the work of unknown women and girls (some as young as fifteen years old) who, for example, risk death as they fight for young girls desire for education. We want to thank the women who created this event -- Tina Brown for starters -- they didn't have to do do it.
So look at the you-tube insert below and Google Women in The World to see the ten or twelve video clips of speakers and panels at the summit. If you come away with a dry eye or without being inspired, write us.
We will be going next year and hope to see you there.