Dear colleagues and friends,
What an experience we shared at
TIAW’s 2014 Global Forum! I am very
confident that no one who attended walked away without new connections, new
knowledge, and renewed inspiration in our joint mission to economically empower
women worldwide. Thank you, Chair Peg
Weir, for leading the development of this event.
It will be quite difficult to
call out one moment or encounter that was anything less than outstanding, but I
think for so many of us the sheer joy and liberation that Halima Namakula’s
enthusiastic performance inspired over our luncheon was certainly a high
point. I personally enjoyed the opening
luncheon for our member presidents, and it was clear that they did too. For those that attended the reception at the
home New Zealand’s ambassador, “impressed” is a small word for the hospitality,
the atmosphere, and those that gathered.
Our speakers were beyond
remarkable. From the opening “super
panel” of Lifetime Achievement Award winners to Melanne Verveer’s keynote at
the dinner, all of us began to think in synchronicity about the task that still
lies ahead of us...gender equality in every nation and country of the
world. As we closed with the reading of
the Declaration to the UN calling for gender equality as a stand-alone goal in
the revised MDGs for 2015, I imagine that many of you had the sensation I did
when I heard it: the hairs on my arms
and neck felt like they were standing on end!
We’ve posted the Declaration on our web site, so please be sure to read
it anew and share it with your associations.
Please thank Andrina Lever and Sam Bulte for authoring the text to
perfection. Fittingly, our Honorary
Patron Amanda Ellis delivered the Declaration to the UN in New York.
This year’s group of World of
Difference Award-winners continued to elevate the quality and breadth of impact
on behalf of women for which they were recognized. Honorary Patron Amanda Ellis and I were humbled
to share hugs, kisses and congratulations with each of these winners as we
presented their certificates.
Photographs of the winners are up on the TIAW web site now, and I hope
you will re-live the joy as you view them.
I close my message with a deep
appreciation for the twelve women, many of them World of Difference
Award-winners, who stepped forward to become Global Ambassadors for TIAW. We will all be honored to continue to connect
with these and all of the remarkable award-winners in the coming months.
The Global Forum and World of
Difference Awards were TIAW at its very best.
If you or your organization are not members or have let your membership
lapse, we welcome you with open arms.
Join us again. Our collective
power is rising and our goal is jointly held.
Lisa Kaiser Hickey
TIAW Global Forum 2014 Call to Action United Nations
Check out the fully executed declaration to the UN. Amanda Ellis delivered the declaration to the UN in New York this month.
is an outstanding moment for TIAW and will clearly advance our vision
to provide thought leadership for the economic empowerment of women.
I Wish I Knew the Other Side of the Coin
by Sefakor Komabu-Pomeyie
It is very interesting to know how; people have
different values, different meanings and different attitudes towards some
specific things like the word “gender”. What does gender mean to you and how do
you relate gender to equality and justice? Does equality mean justice to you?
More specifically, how do we connect gender equality to empowerment of women
with disabilities? I believe you will have different answers if we should
compare. But are you aware, nobody can talk or treat the topic gender without
talking about people with disabilities and their responsibilities as citizens? This
group of people forms 10 to 15 percent of any population in the world but they are
the most forgotten by the policy makers and the most neglected by the policy
implementers. Yet, we claim we perfectly understood the word “gender equality”.
Do you believe in education which is the weapon that
you can use to change the world? Let me tell you a short story which happened
just a month ago in my community in Ghana.
For about nine months now, we at
EEPD AFRICA have been campaigning for equal access to education for persons
with disabilities throughout the country, and we have met teachers and
headmasters and other duty bearers. You would hope that these main stakeholders
in education would have detailed knowledge of the government’s policies on
inclusive education, but we find them actively flouting these policies. It is
disheartening to see a headmistress reject a physically disabled girl just
because she cannot walk to school. Apart from education, what else can be the
way of empowering this girl’s life? This link below shows you what really
happened on the ground. The act is barbaric.
Among other things, we have totally
forgotten where we have started this fight for gender from. What I can
recollect was the World Conference in 1995 till the present UN Convention on
the rights with people with disabilities –UNCRPD. Interestingly this was said, ”Non-discriminatory
education, benefits both girls and boys and thus ultimately contributes to more equal relationships
between women and men. Equality of access
to and attainment of educational qualifications is necessary if more women are to become agents of change. Literacy of
women is an important key to improve
health, nutrition and education in the family and to empowering women to participate in decision-making in society. ’
(Fourth World Conference on Women., Beijing
1995. Platform for Action, Paragraph 69.)
Think about the phrase, “gender equality and
empowerment of women as a global issue and find a global solution for it.
The latest issue of Dialogue
focuses on Big Data and the promise and peril it brings for leaders in a world where change is accelerating and competition is intensifying, including comment and contributions from Google, American Express, Cisco and renowned business thinker Roger Martin. The April issue is available here
Also in Dialogue:
Lisa Kaiser-Hickey, President of The International Alliance for Women, discusses the correlation between empowering women and GDP growth, as well as the importance of achieving gender equality.
The 21st century brings a fresh conundrum: how can employers lead four generations in the workplace in a consumer market dominated by generation Y? Global business leaders debate the issue.
Cultural attitudes towards entrepreneurship and finding opportunities to raise capital are vital to launching a start-up business in growth markets, according to Laura Gonzalez, Professor of Business at Fordham University and Diego García, Finance Director at pharmaceuticals giant Zoetis.
Indian telecommunications leader, Murthy Chaganti launches his series of viewpoints for Dialogue by asking how companies can give themselves a chance to succeed in the rural parts of the sub-continent– a vast and untapped global market.
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