Giving Girls in Uganda an Equal Chance

“I want to be a nurse.” This comment was made in response to my age old question of, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” I’ve asked this question to children in the United States, but this time I was in Uganda, speaking with a 14-year-old girl, Malacondia, who attends St. Luke’s Primary School in the northern part of Uganda, near the border with South Sudan. The school educates children from Uganda as well as refugees from South Sudan, displaced by the horrific unrest there. Not … [Read more...]

The First-Ever World Humanitarian Summit, Take Aways!

“We are one humanity, with a shared responsibility. Let us resolve here and now not only to keep people alive, but to give people a chance at life in dignity.” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke those words to open the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, which took place May 23-24 and included 9,000 participants from across the world and across sectors. They represented over 170 countries and came from UN agencies, aid organizations, governments, businesses, faith groups, … [Read more...]

“Her Goals, Her Future”, Sustainable Development Goals

On May 16, over 5,000 people from around the world (leaders, advocates, policymakers, journalists, and researchers) will descend upon Copenhagen for the fourth Women Deliver conference. In the world of international development, any conference that includes thousands of people, no matter how interesting or important the focus, is likely to receive some degree of criticism –ranging from questions about usefulness, cost, and objectives to outright eye rolling. But there are times when a … [Read more...]

MDG momentum – Post 2015

Providing key information for MDG momentum UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an end to the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals while speaking at a high-level event convened by the MDG Advocacy Group on 25 September. Organized by UN DESA in collaboration with a number of partners, the event featured the launch of a new publication as well as a data tool visualizing 14 years’ worth of MDG data from UN DESA’s Statistics Division. Gathering 300 global leaders, … [Read more...]

UN Foundation, Elizabeth Gore

Can becoming an entrepreneur help a refugee live a better life? I recently had the opportunity to join the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for a visit to the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda, where I met seven incredible women entrepreneurs who have formed the Twitezimbere tailoring group. And through them, I learned the answer is yes. Despite the challenges they’ve faced, these women have been able to create and grow a business serving their neighbors in the eighth largest … [Read more...]

The Power of Moms, Livestream Moms +SocialGood TODAY

Amazing: Moms from around the world and supporters like you have helped raise the profile of women’s and children’s issues through the Global Moms Relay. Together, this community has taken more than 275,000 actions to date - spreading the word with your friends and family and raising funds for the health and well-being of women and children in support of the United Nations’ Every Woman Every Child movement. Since it launched in March, the Global Moms Relay has brought together community … [Read more...]

A Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment

When women are economically empowered, their families, communities, and nations prosper – but until now a critical research gap has existed on the most successful ways to spur women’s economic advancement. That's why the United Nations Foundation teamed up with the ExxonMobil Foundation to look at original and existing research on what works best in a variety of contexts. The result is a first-of-its-kind report, A Roadmap for Promoting Women's Economic Empowerment, which shows proven … [Read more...]

What Really Matters? – Leave a comment…and change a life‏!

Blogust is a month-long digital dialogue bringing 31 of the most influential online writers together to help change the world through their words. The 31 Blogust bloggers will participate in a blog relay, with one blogger posting each day for the month of August 2013. Every comment they receive to their posts throughout the month will trigger a donation by Walgreens to provide a vaccine for a child in need around the world. Every 20 seconds, a child dies of a disease that could have … [Read more...]

Ted Turner – MAN of ACTION™

  A Celebration of Women™ is honored to Celebrate the Life of one of our world's most prolific leaders among men through our Celebration Tribute. This powerhouse has lead the way in many areas of business with a focus on media his entire life. We celebrate him here today for his magnificent generosity, actions that have changed the world of philanthropy forever, blazing a new path in our world. Globally recognized as a mogul of industry, this man of courage started his work in the … [Read more...]

Mom+Social, Events and more … May 8

ABOUT MOM+SOCIAL: A GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF MOTHERS Mom+Social is a special, one-day gathering focused on motherhood and the role of social media, technology, and philanthropy to improve the health of moms and children everywhere. Thousands of the brightest and most passionate people working to improve child, maternal, and reproductive health will gather on May 8, 2013 at the 92YTribeca in New York City to share ideas, raise awareness, and inspire action. This unique gathering concludes the … [Read more...]

1000 Days to Take Action, Keep the Momentum Going‏

What is Momentum1000? April 5th, 2013 marked the 1,000-day milestone until the 2015 target date to achieve the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a development framework to improve lives worldwide. On that day, a community of individuals, organizations, and institutions celebrated successes to date, reinvigorated discussion on the MDGs themselves, and began to advance a post-2015 development framework that builds on #MDGmomentum. Momentum1000 April 5th, 2013 marked the 1,000-day … [Read more...]

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