Let Women Lead: Economic Development and Women
I began my day with meeting with the Special Advisor to the Secretary of State John Kerry – Zeenat Rahman. Ms. Rahman is fascinating! She has spent her entire career advocating on getting the youth voice heard and is an inspiration to all youth looking to get involved in activism. Ms. Rahman believes in the power of youth!
Soon after meeting with Zeenat Rahman, I was able to steal a few moments of Dr. Jim Yong Kim’s time. Dr. Kim is the President of the World Bank and his goal is to end extreme poverty. Dr. Kim spoke to me about the importance of creating economic opportunity for women in order to end poverty. Currently, as stated previously, women make up the majority of those in poverty. However, if women are given more education (on topics such as entrepreneurship, economics, and finance) and more tools to leave independent lives (access to health care for both them and their children), then women will be able to change first their lives and then the lives of those around them. This chain effect could impact generations to come!
I also had the pleasure of meeting with two Girl Up Teen Reporters! Girl Up is an organization run through the United Nations Foundation. Girl Up gives “American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.” I spoke in particular with two young teen reporters who were able to attend the Social Good Summit through the Girl Up foundation. We spoke about the importance of encouraging more women to study abroad and pursue leadership roles on campus and in their communities. I learned from Girl Up the importance of encouraging more women to enter into traditionally male dominated fields – such as journalism! Teaching young women about journalism will help not only empower their voices, but the voices of an entire generation! I would encourage all young women to get involved with Girl Up! To learn more see here: www.girlup.org.
As I head into the second day of the Social Good Summit, I am excited to learn and observe global leaders as they discuss even more global issues! How exciting! My first day has taught me that the possibilities to advance the economic and social freedom of women really are limitless.