Yesterday I had the opportunity to represent Girl Up on a panel called “Connecting Girls Around the World” at the Social Good Summit in New York City.
It was an honor to be on the panel with such powerful and motivated women: Elaine Weidman-Grunewald the Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (CR) at Ericsson Group Worldwide, Sarah Brown CEO, Office of Gordon & Sarah Brown and Holly Gordon the Executive Director of 10x10. Maame Yankah, a student and advocate for girls’ empowerment was also on the panel, offering an insight into what it is like to live in a developing country and the benefits that an education has provided her. The panel was moderated by Kathy Calvin, CEO of the United Nations Foundation.
It was an amazing opportunity to be able to discuss how all of us - the corporate, private, and government sectors and civil society - can take action and stand up for girls around the world. We also talked about the importance of social media in allowing us to see the passion and interest girls have for helping other girls and using that to collaborate and build the movement. The power of social media has helped us connect like never before and this panel was a great example of that.
As we always say at Girl Up, while we are strong, together we are stronger.
And together our voices will change the world.