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Empowering Women Around the World

CIPE’s approach to women’s empowerment focuses on supporting women to achieve the political and economic power they need to shape their own futures. This animated presentation shows an overview of CIPE’s women’s-oriented programming around the world, and how CIPE is helping women to start and run businesses, advocate for their interests, and participate in the democratic process.

20 Empowered Women that You Should Be Following on Twitter

Men are from Mars, women are from Venus – we’ve all heard that before.  It’s no secret that the men and women are treated differently, but when it comes down to the heart of the matter, women are just as capable of success, if not more so, than their galactic counterparts.

With International Women’s Day fast approaching, CIPE is highlighting ways to help the movement for women’s empowerment. CIPE’s programs approach women’s empowerment through institutional reform, economic and political empowerment, and working with partner organizations to look beyond financial assistance – by helping women build leadership and business skills, CIPE focuses on preparing women for participation, whether they’re running a business, advocating legislative reforms, or simply making the world a better place for taking care of their families.

While women everywhere may not have the political voice or the economic and educational opportunities they need to strengthen their societies , women all over the world who do have those capabilities are working to change this. The centuries-old struggle for women’s empowerment continues.

Enter social media.  Aside from providing a vehicle for communication more accessible than their founders could have ever imagined, Facebook and Twitter have created fast-track modems for democratic reform and social entrepreneurship.  Twitter itself levels anyone who participates: powerful heads of states are meant to be just as visible as the blogger next door.  And, let’s be honest – Twitter is the fastest news source out there.

Women, social media, and democratic development have come a long way in the past few years, and social media assumes a naturally powerful role in the case for women’s empowerment. After all, more than half of adult women in the U.S. participate in social media, and the rise of women in the developed world elevates the voices to create a better place for everyone – especially the women that need and deserve it.

Stay tuned with @CIPEGlobal over the next week to learn more about what CIPE’s doing to empower women.

Karen Kerrigan @KarenKerrigan Small business advocate, and expert on entrepreneurship.
Esther Dyson @edyson Internet court jEsther — I occupy Esther Dyson. www.flickr.com/photos/edyson
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon @gaylelemmonJournalist, Author of NYT Best Seller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and Deputy Director of Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations
Anne-Marie Slaughter @SlaughterAMPrinceton Professor. Director of Policy Planning, U.S. State Dept 2009-2011. Foreign policy curator. I read everything I RT, but don’t necessarily agree.
Susan McPherson @susanmcp1Passionate connector. Tweet about global innovation, social entrepreneurship, CSR, cause-marketing, fundraising, engagement strategies and host the #CSRChat.
Jennifer Ehidiamen @disgeneration Passionate Poet | Journalist | Active global citizen | I’m committed to working for a positive change! :-) I tweet for @VenturesAfrica & @CrowdOutAIDS #FF :)
Julie R. Weeks @womenablewomen’s enterprise development expert, translator of numbers to knowledge to action, jet-setting consultant and speaker
Farah Pandith @Farah_PandithSpecial Representative to Muslim Communities | www.state.gov/s/srmc
Lara Setrakian@LaraReporting from the Middle East for ABC News and Bloomberg Television. RT not = endorsement. Story ideas and links welcome, send over an @ message.
StephenieFoster @StephenieFosterActivist, international consultant, strategist, professor, former law partner, blogger. Working in the US and globally helping women transform the future.
Anna BcDonnell @5forFairness Founder of 5 for Fairness, a non-profit community dedicated to making the world fair for girls. We award $5000 grants to organizations that share our goal.
Michele Wucker@wucker author and president of World Policy Institute
Susan Shiroma @SShiroma Philanthropy & nonprofit specialist. Community leader. Disclaimer: I am employed by the Foundation Center. Tweets @SShiromado not represent the FC. Views mine.
Nancy M. Birdsall @nancymbirdsall Founding president Center for Global Development @cgdev. Tweeting mostly on dev issues. Views are my own not necessarily (but probably) ok at @cgdev
Taryn@tarynebird I run the Business Civic Leadership Center’s Global Corporate Citizenship program, which focuses on International CSR.
Helen Clark @HelenClarkUNDPI’m administrator @UNDP and former prime minister of #NewZealand, passionate about human #development worldwide
Linda Raftree @meowtreeTweets & links about ICT4D, youth and community development work, governance, smart aid, travel, life and sometimes capoeira. [personal acct]
Ory Okolloh @kenyanpunditMama of 3 girls who will run the world, Google Policy Manager Africa, co-founder Ushahidi.com & Mzalendo.com, Afropolitan, Kenyan. Views = mine.
Leila C. Janah @leila_cSamasource CEO & adventurette.
Danya Bashir Hobba @ceoDanyaLife rarely turns out the way we plan, we must always expect the unexpected, find strength,adapt & handle everything with grace.tweets are my own personal views

Strengthening local voices for development: CIPE’s 2010 Annual Report

What do Nigerian business associations, the Ukrainian private sector, and high school entrepreneurship students in Afghanistan have in common?

CIPE’s 2010 Annual Report features the impact of partnerships around the world that strengthen the citizens’ voices for market-oriented and democratic reform. Whether CIPE partners work to establish youth entrepreneurship education in Afghanistan, strengthen the voice of the private sector in Ukraine, or reinforce transportation route security in Nigeria to reduce the cost of doing business, the 2010 Annual Report emphasizes the high quality and impact that results from programs designed to keep democratic and economic reforms at the forefront of global issues.

CIPE programming in 2010 highlights partnerships that strengthen healthy relationships between people, government, and the economy in key areas that help build democracies that deliver for its citizens. Market-driven reforms help both people and businesses partner with the government to ensure that a healthy economy’s benefits are distributed to citizens at the local level. This year’s report builds upon successes with CIPE partners to illustrate the vitality in giving citizens a voice for development.

Whether CIPE’s partners are strengthening trade route security in sub-Saharan Africa, reinforcing business ethics standards in Asia, or educating youth entrepreneurs in Latin America and South Asia, CIPE’s accomplishments in 2010 showcase a portfolio that both encourages and activates the voices of citizens all over the world.  Read the report here or download the PDF.

Will tweet for democratic reform

A live and interactive visualization of CIPE’s social media network on Twitter. Hover over to zoom in; click and drag to move around. Relative connection thickness represents hashtag or re-tweet frequency.

It can’t be denied that social media has exploded in the past few years. With its seemingly unlimited marketing potential, Facebook and Twitter have taken up much of the technology spotlight and have shared ups and downs in the “privacy versus access to information” debate. But with recent events, social media seems to have involuntarily expanded its role towards facilitating democratic reform.

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Year in review: Women and development

Over the past few decades, women’s empowerment has grown dramatically as a focus for economic and democratic development.  The importance of women’s participation in the social, political, and economic atmospheres has gained increasing recognition as an integral unit that helps drive development.

Even though women constitute half of the world’s consumers, business opportunities and economic development for men and women were not created equal.  Sometimes, laws or customs restrict women’s access to property rights and the skill-building resources necessary to actively participate in politics or business.  CIPE’s work in women’s participation and entrepreneurship provides women with the tools and training programs that will help them take part in successful economic development. On the CIPE Development Blog, women are active participants and frequent subjects of success and development (at least one women’s chamber of commerce has been both), demonstrating that innovation and gender equality will continue to drive global economic and democratic development:

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Côte d’Ivoire election drama threatening growth

A man casts his vote on October 31, 2010, at a polling station in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. After recent elections disputes, ECOWAS presented an ultimatum to encourage incumbent president Gbabgo to relinquish power or face military removal. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

A delegation of West African leaders confronted incumbent Côte d’Ivoire president Laurent Gbabgo yesterday, threatening military removal if he does not step down from power. A month after election disputes, Gbabgo refuses to transfer presidential power to Alassane Ouattara, the candidate recognized by much of the international community as the election’s victor. The election commission declared Ouattara as winner of the popular vote, but because of election disputes, the Constitutional Council granted presidential victory to Gbabgo.

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Paying the Price for Corruption: Combating the Destructive Beast

Destructive Beast Screening

CIPE MENA Regional Director Abdulwahab Alkebsi and CEIP Yemen Scholar Christopher Boucek led a discussion after the film. Photo courtesy of CEIP.

On September 30, 2010, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) and CIPE co-hosted a film screening followed by a discussion of Destructive Beast, the CIPE-sponsored film that addresses the nature and costs of corruption in Yemen, which is arguably the root of al-Qaeda’s growing presence in the country.  The film highlights corrupt practices between business owners and government officials, and features members of the Yemeni Children’s Parliament speaking out against corruption, which they identify as one of the largest problems concerning Yemeni youth.  The film is directed towards the Yemeni public in order to promote awareness of corruption’s presence in Yemeni society, and to mobilize recommendations to combat corruption among the public.

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