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Influencing Change: Advancing Women’s Voices Through the Political Process

Influencing Change: Advancing Women’s Voices Through the Political Process

Interview with Susan Markham, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) [Editor’s Note: I first met Susan during in her previous role as Director of Women’s Political Participation at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a time when the Global Girls Project was just a seedling of an idea. Still in the conceptual stages of the project, Susan helped refine my understanding of some of the challenges women face globally and the importance of women exercising their voice through the political process. I’m deeply indebted to her  for her wisdom and generosity in sharing her knowledge and experience with others.] (Sharon): In your role as Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, you oversee efforts to integrate gender equality and female empowerment into USAID’s policies, programs, and strategies. How do you achieve this and what role does gender equality and female empowerment play in ending poverty and promoting resilient, politically stable societies?  (Susan): We cannot achieve USAID’s mission of ending extreme...

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Influencing Change: Mentoring, Role Models and Global Leadership Development

Influencing Change: Mentoring, Role Models and Global Leadership Development

Interview with Allison Kahn, Mentoring Women in Business Programme Director for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women [Editor’s Note: I was first introduced to the Cherie Blair Foundation via a former EmpowerWomen.org Global Community Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment, Caro Cimador, who currently serves as a mentee in the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Mentoring Programme. An active and gracious partner of UN Women’s EmpowerWomen.org and the #iamwoman campaign, I’m pleased to share the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s perspective on the importance of mentorship in support of women’s empowerment and leadership development world wide.]  (Sharon): Mentorship is at the heart of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s work to develop sustainable solutions in support of women entrepreneurs globally and is widely recognized as essential to women’s advancement. How do you define mentorship? How do you distinguish mentorship from role models, sponsorship, and coaching?  (Allison): Over the last five years, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Mentoring Women in Business Programme has built a model that approaches mentoring as a supportive...

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Influencing Change: Charting the Path From Personal to Economic Empowerment

Influencing Change: Charting the Path From Personal to Economic Empowerment

Interview with Anna Falth, manager for UN Women’s Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment, on the challenges and opportunities for women’s global economic empowerment. [Editor’s Note: I was first introduced to Anna in July, 2014, when I was selected to serve as one of 44 Global Community Champions for Women’s Economic Empowerment through the Knowledge Gateway platform. Through my volunteer work and engagement with UN Women, I’ve had the opportunity to deepen my own learning and understanding of the various issues and complexities of women’s global economic empowerment, connect and collaborate with women and men from around the world, and share my own experience and perspective on the importance of personal leadership development in advancing gender equality. It is through these types of platforms, programs and opportunities that each of us can lend our own individual voice and expertise, creating a collective voice and force of change that can help enable women and girls from around the world to achieve their fullest potential.] (Sharon): As the manager for UN Women’s...

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Influencing Change: The Role of Radical Collaboration in Women’s Empowerment

Influencing Change: The Role of Radical Collaboration in Women’s Empowerment

Interview with Professor Linda Scott, DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, on the power of collaboration in the fight for gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment. [Editor’s Note: I first connected with Professor Scott through my online engagement and advocacy for women’s economic empowerment — recently inviting her to lend her own voice to the Global Girls Project and share her perspective on the important role collaboration plays in both women’s leadership and empowerment. A leading author, authority and voice for gender equality, women’s economic empowerment, and entrepreneurship, Professor Scott’s innovative and collaborative approach has enabled her to forge key partnerships that have resulted in meaningful and impactful change — addressing key development issues ranging from access to sanitary care to mobile technology, while advancing economic opportunities for women worldwide.] (Sharon): In a panel discussion you participated in earlier this year, you spoke of ‘radical collaboration’ as a route to empowerment of women worldwide. What does collaboration mean to you and why is it...

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Influencing Change: The Case for Women and Girls’ Empowerment

Influencing Change: The Case for Women and Girls’ Empowerment

Interview with George Ingram, Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings Institution, and Chair Emeritus and Senior Advisor to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition [Editor’s Note: I first met George in 2012 through my involvement with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and advocacy work in support of a ‘smart power’ approach to foreign policy. A humble and gracious leader, George personifies the core values of this project in his own thoughtful approach, while consistently supporting others and creating openings for deeper dialogue and understanding. This is the first in a series of upcoming interviews that invites key thought leaders in the global development, gender and foreign policy arena to share their own insights and experience in advancing gender equality policies and programs. While the Global Girls Project is primarily focused on developing the inner character and resources that are essential to personal empowerment, this interviews series is intended to provide readers with a global context and framework for understanding the external challenges, issues and opportunities that many women...

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