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Hillary Clinton’s sweep of yesterday’s primaries was breathtaking. Many of us were up until the wee hours waiting for the last projections … and celebrating, judiciously, this lovely scene.

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Just as many awakened to this morning’s social media filled with assurances that Hillary has already won the nomination and demands that Bernie Sanders withdraw now.  Time for a reality check.   There are 25 primaries still ahead.  In 2008 Hillary stayed into June.  We are not there yet!

Some may remember that in celebration of International Women’s Day 2015, along with Melinda Gates, Hillary and Chelsea released  the No Ceilings Full Participation Report and launched NoCeilings.org.  The tag for the day was NOT THERE.

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We are in this for the long haul – to break that glass ceiling and be there! Hillary has always told us that this would be a lengthy, difficult process.  We knew she would and should be primaried. The path so far has been intense, every delegate hard-won.  We are on track for victory, but we are not there yet.

So pipe down, buckle down, and let’s keep working.  If it was easy, everyone would do it!

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Early in February, Leo DiCaprio took a break from filming The Revenant to introduce a screening of an Oscar-nominated documentary, Virunga, at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.   Bill and Hillary Clinton were there.

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Hillary continued collecting honors and awards. It was announced that she would join Bill Clinton, Joe Biden, Martin O’Malley, and Chris Matthews as a member of Irish America Magazine’s Hall of Fame.  (At the time, many said “Martin who?”)  Emily’s List announced that it would present Hillary with their We Are EMILY Award.  Both events were scheduled for March.  The U.N. announced her as a keynote speaker for its March Women’s Empowerment event.

Although she was officially a private citizen at the time, visiting dignitaries continued to seek her company.  She met in New York with London Mayor Boris Johnson and with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni.

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Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni shakes hands with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the Clinton Foundation in New York

Near the end of the month, speaking at a women’s conference in Silicon Valley, Hillary started becoming more transparent about mulling over a run for the White House.  She did not say she would, but she did explain how seriously she was considering it.

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As February drew  to a close, the Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced that the No Ceilings Full Participation Report would be released at an event with Chelsea, Hillary, and Melinda Gates in March.

 

Here are the archives for February 2015 >>>>

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International Women's Day
Dear Still4Hill,

There has never been a better time to be born female. That’s the conclusion of a sweeping new global report that Chelsea, Melinda Gates, and I were thrilled to unveil yesterday morning. It’s called The Full Participation Report, and we can’t wait for you to see for yourself the gains that women and girls have made around the world – as well as the gaps that remain.

At NoCeilings.org, you can explore more than two decades of data from more than 190 countries and the compelling stories of women and girls from around the world that make all the statistics come alive.

We’re excited for you to dig into this data yourself – to use it, share it, learn from it, and get motivated by it. You can learn something fast or take a deep dive into the areas that interest you most. I hope you’ll visit the site today.

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It’s been twenty years since the 1995 UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, where the international community pledged to work toward the full participation of women and girls in all aspects of life. Today, two decades later, it’s time to take stock.

Visit NoCeilings.org to see how far we’ve come.

There are real gains to celebrate, including more laws protecting the rights of women, more girls going to primary school, and more mothers getting access to services that can keep them healthy. Yet despite this progress, significant gaps remain around the world, including in the United States, especially in the areas of security, economic opportunity, and leadership. The evidence is clear: When it comes to gender equality, we’re just not there yet.

This data proves that progress is indeed possible, but it is not inevitable. More needs to be done to fulfill our promise and ensure that every woman and girl has the opportunity to live up to her God-given potential.

Visit NoCeilings.org to explore the gains and the gaps.

We all have a role to play in building a world of shared prosperity and opportunity. Join us as we work together to make full participation a reality in the 21st century.

Sincerely,

Hillary Rodham Clinton

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On February 13, 2014, Melinda Gates, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton teamed up to announce a new effort sponsored jointly by the Clinton Foundation and the Gates Foundation called No Ceilings.  The purpose of this initiative was to gather and analyze data about the status of women and girls’ participation around the world.  The target date for the release of the report was some time in 2015.

Today, Melinda, Hillary, and Chelsea, accompanied by an impressive gathering of powerful women leaders of many ages and from many countries representing a variety of careers and initiatives, released that report.  As they pointed out, we are #notthere – not yet, but we know a lot more about where we are than we did a year ago or ever before in history.

Here is some information about No Ceilings.

In 1995, at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, leaders from governments and civil society around the world came together and committed to ensuring that women and girls have the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of life.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of that moment. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the No Ceilings initiative of the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation have joined forces to gather data and analyze the gains made for women and girls over the last two decades, as well as the gaps that remain.

This site and The Full Participation Report are the result—home to 850,000 data points, spanning more than 20 years, from over 190 countries. Through data visualizations and stories, we aim to present the gains and gaps in understandable, sharable ways—including by making the data open and easily available.

To know how far we need to go to achieve the full participation of women and girls, we have to know how far we have come.

We invite you to explore the site, dig deeper into these stories, share pieces that move you, download the data, and join us in our effort to address the great unfinished business of the 21st century.

No Ceilings is grateful for the support of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wyss Foundation, as well as organizations and individuals, including the Cheryl Saban Self-Worth Foundation for Women and Girls, Corning, and the Leslois Shaw Foundation.

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Excited to share the data. Hope you will dive in & use it, share it, learn from it, & get motivated:

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Mar 09
2015
New York, NY
Press Release

20 years of global data compiled by No Ceilings show that while progress is possible, more must be done to achieve ‘full and equal participation’ for women and girls worldwide

New York, NY — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will join global and community leaders for the official release of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report and data visualization site NoCeilings.org on Monday, March 9, at 11:00am in New York City. The release coincides with the commencement of the 59th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women.

The No Ceilings Full Participation Report is the culmination of a year-long effort to aggregate and analyze new and existing global data by the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in collaboration with The Economist Intelligence Unit, UCLA WORLD Policy Analysis Center, and Fathom Information Design. This comprehensive data is available in written form, as well as through a collection of interactive and sharable visualizations, graphics, stories, and compelling videos produced by Scratch, a division of Viacom. The data is open and easily downloadable.

The No Ceilings Full Participation Report and NoCeilings.org builds on the momentum of “NOT THERE,” an awareness effort launched on International Women’s Day, which brought together leading publications, fashion and consumer brands, celebrities, artists, and members of the social media community to make the point that we’re “not there” yet on issues of gender equality, both at home and abroad.

The No Ceilings data advances the evidence-based case for gender equality. The analysis finds that progress is possible – particularly when countries commit resources and political will. However, more must be done to accelerate the pace of change and achieve the full participation of women and girls in the 21st century.

The report and NoCeilings.org identifies and brings to life the significant gains women and girls have made – and the gaps that still remain – since the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, when Secretary Clinton called on the international community to ensure “women’s rights are human rights.” Key highlights from the report and data include:

  • Significant progress has been made in the areas of health and education; for example, the rate of maternal mortality has almost been cut in half since 1995, and the gap between the number of boys and girls completing primary schools globally has nearly closed.
  • In other areas, the pace of change has been far too slow, including women’s economic participation, leadership, and security.  Even where there has been progress, the gains have not been shared by all: geography, income, age, race, ethnicity disability, sexual orientation, and cultural norms remain powerful determinants of a woman’s chance at equal rights and opportunities.
  • The world has reached a critical moment and can no longer afford to overlook the potential of half the population. Not only is the evidence about the benefits of full participation of women and girls to prosperity and stability stronger than ever before, but we have stronger tools to help accelerate progress, including 21st century technologies and dedicated private sector allies.

Findings from the report and NoCeilings.org will be on display and brought to life at today’s No Ceilings event: “Not There Yet: A Data Driven Analysis of Gender Equality.” The event, which begins at 11:00a.m., ET, at the Best Buy Theatre in New York City, will bring together and showcase the compelling stories of global and community leaders who are actively taking steps to advance the full participation of women and girls in their nations and communities. Storytellers, speakers and participants include:

  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
  • Her Excellency Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of the Republic of Croatia
  • Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of LIberia
  • Darril Astrida Saunders, Founder, Exotic Caribbean Mountain Pride
  • Shabana Basij-Rasikh, Co-founder and President, School of Leadership, Afghanistan
  • Ikram Ben Said, Founder and President, Aswat Nisaa
  • Usha Choudhary, Secretary and Program Director, Vikalp Sansthan
  • America Ferrera, Actor, Producer, Activist
  • Nely Galan, Founder of The Adelante Movement
  • Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH, President and CEO, CARE
  • Wanjira Mathai, Director, wPOWER: Women’s Partnerships in Renewables
  • Mrs. Mary Robinson, President, Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice
  • Debra Sterling, CEO, GoldieBlox
  • Dr. Lisa Su, President and CEO, AMD
  • Genette Thelusmond, Auxiliare Midwife, Midwives for Haiti
  • Dr. Marcela Tovar-Restrepo, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
  • Uzma, School of Leadership, Afghanistan Scholar
  • Yogesh Vaishnav, Treasurer and Program Manager, Vikalp Sansthan
  • Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
  • Bruce Wilkinson, President & Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Medical Mission Board
  • Sheryl WuDunn, Co-author, A Path Appears
  • Malala Yousafzai, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Co-Founder of the Malala Fund (via video)

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Feb 25
2015
New York, NY
Press Release

More than 20 years of global data compiled by No Ceilings shows that while progress is possible, more must be done to achieve ‘full and equal participation’ of women and girls worldwide

New York, NY – Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will join global and community leaders for the official release of the No Ceilings Full Participation Report on Monday, March 9, in New York City. The event will coincide with the start of the 59th session of the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women.

The No Ceilings Full Participation Report is the culmination of a year-long, global data aggregation effort by the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in collaboration with The Economist Intelligence Unit, UCLA WORLD Policy Analysis Center and Fathom Information Design. The report identifies the significant gains women and girls have made – and the gaps that still remain – since the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, when Secretary Clinton called on the international community to ensure “women’s rights are human rights.” Benchmarking process since that landmark event, No Ceilings is making the data open and accessible, and is pairing the report with an interactive, shareable collection of data visualizations. The data visualizations will highlight key findings from the data through interactive stories, as well as allow users the ability to explore the data on their own.

More event details:

Who: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Melinda Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Additional participants to be announced

What: The No Ceilings Full Participation Report Release

When: Monday, March 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM ET

Where: Best Buy Theater
1515 Broadway (side entrance on 44th Street)
New York, NY

Livestream of this event can also be found at www.clintonfoundation.org/noceilings.

The hashtag for the event and report release is #NoCeilings.

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CGI 2014 wrapped up just minutes ago with new commitments.  This year there was an analysis of commitments that were not delivered along with an announcement from Hillary of specific areas that would benefit by being addressed with commitments. 

The day began with Hillary and such power brokers as Melinda Gates, Julia Gillard, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein taking on the challenge of equality for women and girls and education for girls – particularly secondary education which remains threatened in many parts of the world.

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commits to help 15 million girls get access to secondary school.

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The whole family was there for the closing plenary where Nelson Mandela’s widow Graça Machel accepted her Global Citizens Award and spoke.

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President Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, And Chelsea Clinton Call Members to Action on Final Day of 10th CGI Annual Meeting
Members made 188 new Commitments to Action, expected to impact nearly 4.9 million people. To date, more than 3,100 commitments have been made, improving the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.

                              

NEW YORK, NY – Today, President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton closed the 10th Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting by announcing new Commitments to Action and issuing a call to action to members in four critical issue areas: addressing energy poverty around the world, tackling food insecurity and hunger in the United States, increasing access to water, and responding the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Over three days, CGI members made 188 new Commitments to Action, expected to impact nearly 4.9 million lives around the world when fully funded and implemented.

Highlights from the final day of the Annual Meeting included:

  • Featured speakers included: President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative, 42nd President of the United States; Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former U.S. Secretary of State and U.S. Senator from New York; Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation; Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan; Cady Coleman, Astronaut, NASA; Katie Couric, Global Anchor, Yahoo News; Peter H. Diamandis, Chairman and Founder, X PRIZE Foundation; Melinda Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2011, President, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa; Hikmet Ersek, President, CEO and Director, The Western Union Company;  David Leonhardt, Editor, The Upshot, The New York Times;  Graça Machel, Founder, Graça Machel Trust and Foundation for Community Development;  Nilofar Sakhi, Chief Executive Officer, American University of Afghanistan; and Reid Wiseman, Astronaut, NASA , Commander, U.S. NAVY
  • Melinda Gates joined Secretary Clinton to examine the progress that has been made since the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and what challenges remain.
  • CNN’s Erin Burnett hosted a retrospective conversation on lessons learned since CGI was founded. Participants included President Bill Clinton, Founding Chairman, Clinton Global Initiative; 42nd President of the United States; Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom; Ashley Judd, Actor, Author, Advocate, Population Services International; Zainab Salbi, Founder, Executive Producer and Co-Creator, Women for Women International; The Trials of Spring.
  • The Haiti Action Network joined together to highlight the work of the group and debate how members can continue designing and implementing Commitments to Action that build local capacity and have clear exit strategies to enable Haiti to prosper far into the future.
  • A discussion hosted by CNN’s Sanjay Gupta discussed the importance of investing in early childhood education and development. Participants included Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children’s Zone; Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Nadine Burke Harris, Founder and CEO, Center for Youth Wellness; Cindy McCain, Founding Member, Eastern Congo Initiative; and Rosemarie T. Truglio, Senior Vice President, Global Education Content, Sesame Workshop.
  • CGI members discussed their current efforts underway to combat the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa and explored ways to leverage partnerships in response to the outbreak.
  • At the closing, Secretary Clinton had a conversation with Graça Machel, Founder, Graça Machel Trust and Foundation for Community Development, and presented her with the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Civil Service

In the closing plenary, Secretary Clinton issued calls to action to members to develop innovative commitments in four issue areas:

  • Committing to make dramatic progress on energy access and energy poverty. As many as 1.3 billion people around the world do not have access to electricity today;
  • Helping communities around the world get the clean water they need. In the majority of developed countries, access to clean water is often taken for granted, but worldwide 780 million people lack access because of poor quality or insufficient supplies;
  • Increasing access to and improving the affordability of healthy food in low-income communities across America. An estimated 15 percent of all American households, or roughly 49 million Americans, experience food insecurity or hunger;
  • Providing immediate assistance and strengthening health systems to respond to the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The Annual Meeting is sponsored by Ambassador Gianna Angelopoulos, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Hult Prize Foundation, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Victor Pinchuk Foundation,  Barclays, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Foundation, Monsanto, P&G, Rockefeller Foundation, United Postcode Lotteries, Varkey Gems Foundation, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Cisco, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, NRG Energy, PWC, Blackstone, Deutsche Bank, ExxonMobil, HP, Inter-American Development Bank, InterEnergy, Laureate International Universities, Microsoft, Standard Chartered Bank, Swiss Re, Western Union, APCO Worldwide, Diageo, Jive, and Knoll.

Commitments announced in Plenary Sessions today include:

CHARGE: Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education

At the 2014 CGI annual meeting, the Center on Universal Education at the Brookings Institution will commit to create CHARGE (The Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls Education), a global collective of public, private, and grassroots organizations working to advance the “second generation” of global girl’s education. With more than 30 partners, including the United States, Nepal, the United Kingdom, No Ceilings, Pearson, CHIME for Change, and Discovery Communications – CHARGE has already pledged nearly $600 million to reach 15 million girls over the next 5 years. Working to develop and advance solutions for the most pressing challenges, the partners commit to closing persistent gaps and improving the quality, safety, and security of girls’ secondary education worldwide. The collaborative will chart a new path in this pursuit by focusing on a unique five-step agenda that will: Keep girls in school; Ensure school safety and security; Improve quality of learning; Support transitions from and out of school; and Support girls’ education leaders/workers in developing countries to fulfill these goals.

Connected Women: Driving Gender Equity Through Digital Economy
Commitment by: GSM Association
Partner(s): Ooredoo, Qualcomm, A.T. Kearney

In 2014, GSM Association and its partners committed to develop the Connected Women program to increase women’s participation in the mobile economy. The first part of the program includes a comprehensive research project to assess women’s wants and needs surrounding mobile technology. Upon completion of the research, the mobile network operators working in partnership with Connected Women, including Ooredoo, Qualcomm, Roshan, and Smart Communications, will utilize the information collected to implement programs and services for their female customers. In 2010, research found that 300 million fewer women than men owned a mobile phone and women are 21 percent less likely to own a phone in low and middle income countries. The Connected Women program will generate information about the socio-economic benefits of greater inclusion of women at all points in the mobile industry continuum from consumer to employee to leader, and then work with industry players to create opportunity.

Dhaka to Harlem: Empowering Women as Engines of Growth
Commitment by: Grameen America

In 2014, Grameen America committed to opening a new branch of its micro-lending service in Harlem, New York, pledging to provide $50 million to 7,000 women business owners in the area over 5 years. Since 2006, when Grameen opened its first New York branch in Queens, the organization has expanded to 18 branches in 11 cities, lending $171 million to nearly 33,000 low income women entrepreneurs across the country. Starting in October with 500 women, Grameen will provide entrepreneurs with funding and financial training on savings, credit maintenance and interest rates.

Rework America: Markle Economic Future Initiative
Commitment by: The Markle Foundation

In 2014, the Markle Foundation made a $50 million commitment to launch the “Rework America” Initiative, providing technological training for the modern business world to college age and continuing education participants later in life. Students will have access to a classroom and online learning environment utilizing models developed by the University presidents of Arizona State University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, providing participants with real world skills they might not learn in a university environment.

Ebola Response: Air Bridge Support
Commitment by: Airlink
Partner(s): Paul G. Allen Foundation; Greenbaum Foundation; ChildFund International; AmeriCares; Direct Relief; AFYA Foundation; LIFT; ALAN (American Logistics Aid Network); Brussels Airlines; Western Global Airlines

In 2014, Airlink committed to transporting between 100 and 500 tons of material aid cargo by air to Western Africa by year-end 2014 with the help of its partners. The actual amount that Airlink will ship will depend on the length of time that an air bridge is called for in Western Africa before slower forms of transportation become sufficient to serve the requirement for material aid.

Emergency Solar Lighting for Ebola Relief Teams
Commitment by: Econet Wireless Group

Econet Wireless, a global telecommunications company with operations and investments in a dozen African markets, and its subsidiary company, Solarway, will provide $100,000 worth of solar power lanterns (totaling 5,000 lanterns) to support relief teams working to treat, contain and prevent the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the three worst affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. The solar power lanterns will provide medical and relief workers with lighting in areas where there is limited or no access to electricity. The lanterns, which come with a solar panel, can be hung as room lights and provide up to 20 hours of light from one full charge. The lanterns also come with a port for charging all types of mobile phones to support improved communications and coordination. Econet Wireless will partner with relief agencies on the ground to ensure 5,000 solar power lanterns are delivered and distributed to frontline public health workers most in need of sustainable lighting solutions.

Combating Ebola: Airlift of 100 Tons of Medical Aid
Commitment by: Direct Relief
Partner(s): Wellbody Alliance – Sierra Leone; Medical Research Centre – Sierra Leone; CDC – Sierra Leone; Last Mile Health – Liberia; Christian Aid Ministries – Liberia; CDC – Liberia; Africare – Libreria; Ministry of Health/National Drug Services – Liberia; Merck; Becton, Dickinson and Company

In response to the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, Direct Relief committed to sending more than 100 tons of urgently needed personal protective equipment (PPE), medical supplies, and medicines to its partners on the ground in Liberia and Sierra Leone. Partners on the ground will team up with the respective Ministries of Health to deploy an effective distribution channel to get supplies to clinics, health facilities, and hospitals in regions heavily affected by the outbreak. In addition, more supplies will be secured in other locations as precautionary and emergency preparedness measures.

Fighting Ebola: Strengthening Rural Health
Commitment by: Partners in Health and Last Mile Health
Partner(s): Wellbody Alliance; Direct Relief

Partners In Health, Last Mile Health (Liberia) and Wellbody Alliance (Sierra Leone) have launched a coalition to scale-up rural Ebola response efforts and rebuild primary health systems in two of the most-affected countries: Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Coalition builds on over 40 years of collective experience (including 15 combined years in Liberia and Sierra Leone) in strengthening public health systems in partnership with Ministries of Health; and integrating research, teaching, and service to deliver high-quality, comprehensive health care to the poor.

The Hult Prize
Commitment by: Hult International Business School

In 2010, the Hult International Business School committed to bring together MBA and undergraduate business students from schools around the world together to come up with innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social problems. Every year, teams from around the globe compete to win recognition for their consulting efforts and $1 million dollars in funding to put their project into practice. Past winners include Cambridge University’s 2011 mPanni plan, now a functioning company in Mumbai, India that provides mobile technology for increased social impact to underserved communities. The 2014 Challenge was to find solutions to non-communicable diseases in urban slums. This year’s winner was NanoHealth, which will be awarded $1 million in start-up capital for their proposal to use innovative technology to create micro-insurance health networks for slum dwellers. After presentations, NanoHealth was announced as the winner at the Hult Prize Dinner on Tuesday.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative – Peru
Commitment By: Goldman Sachs Foundation

In 2009, the Goldman Sachs Foundation committed to build on their global 10,000 Women initiative by joining with the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund and the Thunderbird School of Global Management to provide women entrepreneurs in Peru with quality business education and enhanced access to capital. In cooperation with Mibanco, a leading provider of loans to small and micro entrepreneurs, this training will offer more than 700 high-potential small business owners with the specialized training, access to capital, networking, and mentoring necessary to significantly grow their businesses.  Today, 728 women are certified, exceeding the target of 700; 200 women entrepreneurs received one-on-one mentoring, exceeding the target of 120.

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My mom, Melinda and me

Clinton Foundation

The Clinton Foundation recently launched an important partnership with the Gates Foundation to advance the work of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project. To announce our new effort, I sat down with my mom and Melinda Gates for a deeper conversation on the work we are going to do together and on the best ways to accelerate the inclusion of women and girls throughout the world in all aspects of the social, political, economic, and cultural life of their communities and their countries.

You can see a clip of the event here.

No Ceilings is an initiative launched this past November by my mom. It will examine the progress women and girls have made in the past 20 years since the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and chart a path forward to give women and girls the opportunity to participate fully in their societies and our world. To understand how to continue advancing the rights and opportunities of women and girls around the world, we must take a close look at how far we have come, including in the United States. As we discussed at our event, a vital part of doing this work is through data. In order to erase the gender gap and advance the status of women and girls, women and girls must be counted and progress must be assessed. Data not only measures progress—it inspires it.

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Working together, the Clinton Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will convene traditional development partners and less traditional development partners, principally leading technology companies, to collect and then compile data into a compelling and publicly accessible review that will identify the progress that has been made, and the gaps that remain, in the 20 years since the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. It will also provide evidence of the strong connection between rights and opportunities for women and girls and prosperity, stability and security around the world.

The raw data and progress report will both be released in digital and written forms in 2015 in advance of the anniversary of the Beijing Conference.

If you have not yet, I hope you will take this chance to sign up to be a part of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Project.

In speaking with Melinda, she eloquently summed up why we’re all so committed to this work: “If we empower women, they’re going to lift their children up, their whole family up, including their daughters, and that virtuous cycle gets going and then those daughters lift the next generation up.”

While we may not yet have a clear picture of what specific actions we will need to take to crack and break ceilings everywhere for every woman and girl, we do know that the work ahead of us cannot be undertaken by any single individual or organization. It begins with the involvement of women, men, girls, and boys from all walks of life—NGOs, governments, businesses, and more—all with an understanding that women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights.

I hope you’ll join us, and help accelerate progress for women and girls around the world.

Thanks,

Chelsea

P.S. In case you missed it, check out this highlights video from our conversation.

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