Change Starts with Women

UN Foundation Partners With Daily Beast For 2nd Annual Women In The World Stories And Solutions Summit; UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin Named One Of "150 Women Who Shake The World"

New York, NY

March 10, 2011


Alexis Krieg

Celebrating the power of women coming together to solve global problems, the Daily Beast and Newsweek will convene the second annual Women in the World Stories and Solutions summit in New York City tonight. For the second year in a row, the United Nations Foundation joins Vital Voices Global Partnership and Women for Women International as a partner for the three-day event.

On Saturday, UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin will introduce UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet, who will be sharing her 100-day plan for the newly formed UN agency. Calvin celebrated the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday with Bachelet in Liberia, meeting women and girl leaders in the country to gain a better understanding of the challenges they face and how international organizations and individuals can help.

“If we want to ensure fewer people are living in poverty and going to bed hungry, we must first address the needs of the world’s women and girls,” said Calvin, who was named this week as one of Newsweek/Daily Beast’s “150 Women Who Shake the World.”“Change starts with women. I was reminded of this in Liberia, where women are leading the efforts to rebuild their war-torn country. That’s the strength of the Women in the World summit – women joining together to help other women and girls.”

The summit brings together some of the world’s leading luminaries —including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, philanthropist Melinda French Gates, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, actress Meryl Streep, and journalist Christiane Amanpour — to discuss the issues facing women and girls across the globe and solutions for pressing problems, including such topics as gender-based violence, human trafficking, the technology gap and improving health care access.
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About the United Nations Foundation
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