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July 2013


In This Issue

1. Malala Day
2. Educated Women Create a Ripple Effect
3. What Can Replace Education, the Key to Success?


TIAW Global Forum and
World of Difference Awards
Spring 2014

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Thank You Returning Members:
Elizabeth Mann
Anneke Van Leeuwen
WeConnect International

Financial Women's Association of New York

Global Board Ready Women (GBRW) News

AESC Offers Enhanced Access to Executive Search Community to GBRW Group

News Around the World:

Companies with Women Board Members May Have an Edge in Performance and Stock Price

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka from South Africa Appointed as New UN Women Executive Director

The Economic Benefits of Educating Women

Malala Yousafzai Addresses United Nations Youth Assembly

President's Message

Dear colleagues and friends,

For over thirty years, the mission of TIAW is to advance economic empowerment for women. By ‘economic empowerment’, we mean that a woman is able to succeed and advance economically as well as freely make her own economic decisions. However, women don’t start out in life as women, nor are they empowered in any way in many countries whether by cultural or political constraints.

"It all begins with a girl."

According to AGALI (Adolescent Girls’ Advocacy and Leadership Initiative), which has brought together over 100 leaders and organizations working to transform the lives of adolescent girls in Africa and Latin America, there are six critical factors that contribute to adolescent girls’ economic empowerment*:

  • Financial capital (e.g., cash, savings, access to credit, and other financial assets)
  • Human capital (e.g., education, health, self-esteem, and communication skills)
  • Social capital (e.g., social networks, friends, mentors, and supportive family members)
  • Physical capital (e.g., ID card, household goods, land, housing, and transport)
  • Social norms (e.g., early marriage, childbearing, influence of age, gender, and ethnicity)

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Malala Day

On 12 July 2013, Malala Yousafzai addressed the United Nations Youth Assembly in New York. The date marked her 16th birthday and was recognized internationally as Malala Day. Over 500 youth leaders were represented that day from countries worldwide. Malala was introduced by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of South Korea. This was her first high-level appearance after the assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus on 9 October 2012.

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Educated Women Create a Ripple Effect

"Education is not preparing for Life; education it is Life.”

                                                                                        John Dewey

Education is life and for women the more economic empowered they are the better their life; the better the life of their children and the economy in which they live. One of the goals of The International Alliance for Women, TIAW is the economic empowerment of women throughout the world.

How is this economic empowerment achieved?

Education is key to the successful economic empowerment of women. Through both formal and informal educational programs women achieve the skills, knowledge and understandings that permit them to grow personally. This personal empowerment is the biases for economic empowerment.

Research shows that when women are educated there is a far reaching ripple effect that extends beyond the mind of that woman. Through her new found educated enhanced self she becomes a strong confident powerful woman. The ripples spread to her immediate family to positively impact her children both in health and knowledge. With this new powerful educated self she will influence her community and the economic development of her local region.

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