As participants filed into Microsoft’s New York offices last week for the start of the 5th Annual International Women’s Day Forum, they followed in footsteps made just earlier that day by young women who visited the building to explore just how big their worlds could become.
As the UN reviews what is next for the Millennium Development Goals, some topics hold the key for what we need to commit next as a global community… Have we really done enough in Human Rights when women are still largely at the margin in many societies?
Pictured above, Lori Forte Harnick, Microsoft’s general manager for Citizenship & Public Affairs, center, on a visit to a community learning center in India where Microsoft is funding information technology education for young women.
Today’s world is a digital world, and that’s not likely to change any time soon. In fact, the world is only going to become more interconnected, with the global economy heavily dependent on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UN Women, is a longstanding defender of women’s rights.
In developing and emerging economies, access to economic opportunities can give women greater control over their lives, helping them move themselves and their families out of the base of the pyramid and toward more stable lives.