(Update) Watch the Women of the World program on International Activism featuring GBC-Education chair, Sarah Brown, Valerie Amos, Ziauddin Yousafzai and UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown.
Tomorrow marks the 102nd annual International Women’s Day. This year, there’s a particular focus on education and how educating girls can help solve so many of the world’s problems. Check out some of the activities below that are taking place around the world and join us as we participate in this important movement:
GBC-Ed Chair, Sarah Brown, delivers the keynote speech at the Women of the World (WoW) Festival on International Activism in London. She will be joined by Valerie Amos, UN under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, on the Millennium Development Goals. They will speak about creating clear messaging and campaigning on why empowering and educating women and girls is the key to international development.
The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown MP, and Ziauddin Yousafzai — in his first major public appearance since his daughter Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in October 2012 — will join to talk about Malala’s campaign and “why girls’ education is crucial in achieving a fairer world for both women and men”. They will also partake in a session dedicated to Learning from Malala.
You can watch both sessions LIVE starting at 11:30 AM GMT HERE.
In case you’ve missed the millions of tweets or Facebook posts, Girl Rising has created a global movement around the release of a new film that focuses on “9 girls in 9 countries. All on a quest for an education”. The world premiere took place last night in New York to a packed house moved by the diversity of stories and impact that this film is bound to have.
Look for a screening near you HERE.
As part of its celebration of International Women’s Day, GBC-Ed member, Accenture “released a global research study that provides insight into the way women define success and the initiatives that help them achieve it”. Accenture has been an incredible force in partnering with organizations and driving efforts towards finding ways to solve issues in global education. They will also host a webcast on The Road Taken: Women in Technology & Paths to Success beginning at 12:30 PM EST.
Watch the webcast and read the research study HERE.
In Gordon Brown’s piece in the Huffington Post, he offers a call to action so that “this Friday, on International Women’s day, we are mobilizing for a year of change, showing that what seems impossible can be achieved: a day when any girl, in any country, from any background, can believe that the future is hers”. Sarah Brown also wrote the forward to a new report by Sue Smalley titled “Girls Education: A Right to Learn,” and says that, “with the focus on International Women’s Day there is no better time to turn our attentions to the vital issue of girls’ education”.