Today I attended the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the UN Office for Partnerships sponsored event, Turning Inspiration into Action: Next Steps for the Private Sector to Empower Women Globally. This annual forum — now in its fourth year — brought together over 100 leaders from nonprofit, government, multilateral, and the private sector committed to the economic empowerment of women worldwide.
Given that many nations are still struggling with sluggish or no economic growth, it is timely for countries around the world to develop sustainable, inclusive economies to maximize their growth potential. And the key ingredient for achieving this is integrating women into the equation. As Carolyn Buck Luce from Imaginal Labs LLC highlighted in the opening remarks at the event, “the next emerging market is women. Over one billion women globally will enter the workforce in the next five years, and they will mostly come from developing nations.”
To capitalize on this immense opportunity, here were some actionable plans that were discussed by the panelists at the forum:
By now, we’ve all heard about the benefits of engaging women in economic activities. Economically empowering women–helps promote gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. Moreover, the private sector drives economic growth since they build capital, and foster innovation and productivity. No country should overlook the reality that when women are economically empowered to become entrepreneurs or work for businesses, they contribute to the overall sustainable development of their communities.
Moving beyond the rhetoric of why it’s important to engage women world-wide, on this year’s International Women’s Day, let’s think about how to go about empowering women in the economy.
On March 4, the U.S. Chamber Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center and United Nations Office for Partnerships are hosting their annual International Women’s Day Forum to explore how the private sector and their partners can cooperate to build a supportive ecosystem for women and girls all over the world. This year’s forum features an array of business leaders from Intel, Coca-Cola Company, Gap Inc, and other leading corporations that are taking action to engage with more women around the world.
I will be attending the event and live-tweeting using the event’s hashtag #Inspire2Act. Follow the discussion on March 4th, and explore best practices and actionable initiatives to make women’s economic empowerment a reality.
Maiko Nakagaki is a Program Officer for Global Programs at CIPE.
On January 24 at the U.S. Department of State, CIPE, Atlas Corps, and the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan co-hosted a welcome event for the new class of Atlas Corps Fellows including five participants of the CIPE-Atlas Corps Think Tank LINKS Fellowship.
As mentioned in a previous post, this year’s Think Tank LINKS fellows represent various regions around the world and either come from leading think tanks back in their home countries or will be serving at top-tier organizations in Washington, DC.
CIPE and Atlas Corps are welcoming our second class of the Think Tank LINKS Fellows! Five young researchers from around the world have come together in Washington, DC to participate in a six month leadership development program. The fellows will shadow researchers and experts at leading Washington, DC-based think tanks to learn best practices of successful U.S. think tanks while conducting research on issues of democratic or economic reform.
We’re excited to introduce our newest class of Think Tank LINKS Fellows to everyone!
The executive director of Lebanese Center for Policy Studies (LCPS), Sami Atallah, was recently on MTV, a Lebanese independent media channel, to discuss the importance of decentralization and local governance. During the interview, Atallah argued that instead of relying on the central government, the public should advocate for and expect their local municipalities to deliver goods and services. CIPE is supporting LCPS to help achieve this objective, including strengthening the internal grant transfer system in Lebanon.
Watch Atallah’s interview (in Arabic) from 29:40 onward.
“Corruption was a taboo word in 1996. My advisors were worried about using the c-word in my speech.”
Nearly 20 years have passed since the former World Bank President, James Wolfensohn, gave his groundbreaking speech on the “cancer of corruption” at the World Bank’s 1996 Annual Meetings. And the anti-corruption movement has come a long way.
At the World Bank’s discussion Speak Up Against Corruption, which featured Wolfensohn; Dr. Jim Kim, World Bank Group President; Paul Volcker, Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve; Cesar Purisima, Secretary Finance of the Philippines; and Haguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International, the panelists reflected on how much work there remains to fight corruption at the international and local levels.
Today is #GivingTuesday!! Join the global movement today by supporting CIPE’s youth initiatives – the ChamberL.I.N.K.S. program and the Think Tank LINKS Fellowship! By investing, you are developing young people’s skills to become future champions of change!
Watch videos for both programs and learn more about how to support here: http://www.cipe.org/givingtuesday/