Empowering Women Is THE Key to Peace and Prosperity

The earning power of women is projected to reach $18 trillion in 2014, contributing more to the global economy than China, India and the technology boom combined.

Why Empowering Women

What’s especially notable about this trend is that women with financial resources invest their capital differently than men. Women are more likely to fund causes, lead social change initiatives and invest in education, healthcare and international aid programs.

When women are writing the checks, money flows into areas that have been previously neglected, creating much needed change and improving many lives in the process.

The economic empowerment of women is even more transformational in developing countries where the oppression of girls and women is still epidemic – taking the form of gender-based violence, maternal mortality, sex trafficking, lack of education and so on. Studies show that one of the fastest ways to affect lasing change in developing countries is to educate and financially empower the women.

As women step into greater positions of influence (in all countries) they bring compassion, collaboration and transparency into areas that have long been dominated by aggression, competition and self -interest. This kind of balance is essential to maintaining peace, effectively manage our resources, and ultimately to the survival of our planet.

Watch these video clips to educate yourself on this important topic, and be inspired (as we are) to take action and support the empowerment of women worldwide.

Half the Sky

“Half the Sky – Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” is a best-selling book authored by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl Wudunn.

These award-winning journalists chronicle stories of the women they met while travelling through developing countries, and bring to light the immense challenges and oppression still affecting millions of women worldwide.

Their book was turned into a PBS documentary – which is a must-watch film for anyone wanting to truly appreciate the current opportunity (and impact) of empowering women globally.

Find out more at www.halftheskymovement.org.

Sheryl Wudunn – Our Centuries Greatest Injustice
TED Talk

Sheryl Wudunn – award-winning journalist for the New York Times and author of “Half the Sky” delivers an inspiring TED talk on the global impact of empowering women.

Isabelle Allende –
Tales of Passion
TED Talk

Best-selling author and humanitarian Isabelle Allende’s shares inspiring stories of women and the important role they are playing in creating global change.

Jessica Jackley: Poverty, money — and love

Jessica Jackely is the founder of Kiva.org, an organization that has facilitated more than 150 MILLION dollars in micro loans globally.

She builds a powerful case for why helping women to start their own businesses is a major key to ending poverty in developing nations.

World Economic Forum 2015

Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric moderates a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The discussion, “Ending Poverty through Parity,” focuses on how to invest in women and girls around the world. The panelists include: Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Paul Kagame, president of the Republic of Rwanda; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of the United Nations; Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever; and Erna Solberg, the prime minister of Norway.