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Engaging Boys and Men as Allies for Long-term Change
In individual households, in the workforce, and in local and national governments, male allies are critical to the sustainable empowerment of girls and women worldwide. From the classroom to the boardroom, girls and women require the support of enlightened males who not only affirm the inherent rights of their female colleagues, wives, sisters, and daughters, but also recognize the positive results they can bring to the bottom line. CGI has identified this aspect of girls’ and women’s empowerment as one where men, when included, educated, and encouraged, can be pivotal in scaling programs that work to empower girls and women. This panel will explore: how to better incorporate boys and men into existing projects focused on girls and women so that they both support and encourage results; how to create “tipping points” for boys and men to relate to and support an experience different from their own; and how to empower male allies who are comfortable with their role to serve as examples for others in their community. This panel will highlight transitional moments from men who were “converted” based on personal experiences and compelling data and results of women’s empowerment. Furthermore, it will explore how to move from transformative moments to fundamentally changing the way men make decisions and allocate resources.
10:30 AM -
Investing for Social and Environmental Impact
The Investing for Social and Environmental Impact Action Network first convened in 2009 just as the term “impact investing” was becoming mainstream. During the past two years, this nascent industry has generated impressive momentum, not only in the social sector, but also across traditional financial institutions. The group will again convene with a focus on the successes of the past year and discuss the next steps in leveraging the current enthusiasm for impact investing into further action. Specific topics for discussion will include new product development, emerging private-public partnerships, catalyzing capital, measuring performance, and building investment-ready opportunities.
The events of September 11 heightened and revealed tensions between various religious groups in the United States. Ten years on, in the face of the increasing American Muslim population and rising awareness of religious extremism, the promotion of interfaith understanding is essential to peaceful development of urban communities. This Action Network will bring together CGI members with an interest in multifaith dialogue and collaboration with an aim to exchange information, share best practices, and discuss recent developments in this area.
Scaling Sustainable Buildings
The Scaling Sustainable Buildings Action Network was convened in 2010 to mobilize the considerable resources of CGI sponsor and member organizations toward the task of bringing sustainable technology, clean energy, and energy efficiency to scale in the built environment. During the last year, these organizations have been working within this Action Network to take grow the green building movement. The second session of the Scaling Sustainable Buildings Action Network will begin with a brief panel discussion among leaders in the real estate industry and NGO community that will focus on key emerging commitments and the state of the green building industry. This will allow participants to talk strategically about the direction this movement should take and how CGI can continue to facilitate action in this space.
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Drilling Down on Data Indicators
Pronounced gender inequities carry high economic and social costs in both developing countries and advanced economies. Moreover, there is growing recognition that gender-sensitive policies may not translate to practice and enforcement, an inconsistency that continues to suppress the empowerment of girls and women. Referencing prominent measures of gender inequality, members will address how key metrics and data can be used to develop, implement and scale up sustainable programs that target the most at-risk girls and women with the highest return on investment. Members will also discuss how to act on making the most relevant gender metrics and data more accessible and useful to the broader community of prospective commitment makers for girls and women initiatives.
Early Interventions for the 12-year-old Girl
Adolescent girls in the developing world must confront a barrage of obstacles that threaten to prematurely terminate their educational careers. These obstacles include water collection duties, lack of access to latrines and sanitary pads, and complications that result from childhood marriage, such as early pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Intervening before young girls are confronted by these obligations can prevent their further marginalization. Members in this session will develop evidence-based strategies to ensure that every 12-year old girl receives the investment and educational opportunities necessary for long-term success.
Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage
A staggering one in three girls in the developing world is married before the age of 18; one in seven before the age of 15. Grave consequences often ensue including the end of educational attainment and greater risk of domestic violence, sexually transmitted diseases, and death or injury during childbirth. These setbacks affect millions of girls, their children and their communities, perpetuating poverty and hindering achievement of 6 of the 8 Millennium Development Goals. Members in this session will discuss measures currently underway to reduce child marriage rates and examine ways to develop these efforts for more effective results.
Human Trafficking and Slavery: Stemming the Demand
Human trafficking—the acquisition of people by improper means such as force, fraud or deception, with the aim of exploiting them—affects an estimated 12 – 25 million victims around the world, more than half of whom are women and children. Trafficking is driven by profit—globally, trafficked workers generate US$ 32 billion each year. Yet trafficking remains a somewhat invisible crime, most victims are never identified and few offenders are ever convicted. This session will explore innovative approaches to consumer engagement to reduce demand for products and services linked to labor and sex trafficking, and offer practitioners in the field and others the opportunity to connect and share experiences and information.
Preventing Violence Against Girls and Women in Urban Settings
Girls and women can be particularly vulnerable to urban security issues. The level of violence perpetrated against girls and women can be diminished through innovative prevention strategies, broader media coverage, greater community mobilization, private-sector engagement, and gender-informed municipal service provisions and responses. Members in this session will examine the utility of technologies and media approaches, and discuss the development of policies and programs that can make cities safer, more positive environments for women and girls.
Reproducing Success: Game-changing Interventions in Women’s Health
Amidst persistently distressing statistics on women's health in low- and middle-income countries, there are stories of significant success. Through the leadership and collaboration of many organizations and individuals executing the right ideas (some of which have been very simple), a handful of countries have demonstrated that challenges to the health of women are not insurmountable. How do we work to replicate and grow these models for success? This session will acknowledge the urgency of women’s health issues while focusing on proven solutions and promising new ideas for the health, wellness and safety of women, and by extension, their families.
Women as Agents in Driving Climate and Environmental Solutions
Women play an increasingly significant role in propelling environmental protection and restoration efforts and combating climate change. This session will explore best practices that engage women to confront climate and environmental issues, including technological and traditional solutions. Members will discuss the role of women in restoration efforts, forestry, agricultural and agroforestry innovation, repair and maintenance of technologies, and leadership in technological innovation.
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Designing Technologies for Economic Empowerment
Many simple and scalable technologies have great potential to enhance the daily lives of girls and women in the developing world, particularly when girls and women are taken into consideration from the beginning of the design process. It is not the products or programs themselves that are so powerful, but rather how these technologies afford girls and women more time, personal security, and connection to one another. Clean cookstoves afford women the opportunity to cook without the time, burden, and risk of collecting firewood; debit cards allow women to hold bank accounts with personalized pin numbers that others are unable to access; and computer training allows females entry into job markets and mechanisms to self-organize. Yet girls and women are often excluded from the design process, and their perspective is not always considered in the messaging and outreach that is essential to scaling such products. This session will explore how to successfully engage girls and women in the process of creating, adapting, and distributing relevant innovations, and it will examine how to harness media and markets to successfully take innovations to scale.
Girls, Women, and Water
Clean water and just watershed management are issues critical to healthy development that disproportionally affect girls and women. In most societies, women are responsible for collecting and managing the household water supply for cooking, cleaning, bathing, drinking, growing food, and raising livestock. Beyond the management of household water lie larger systemic issues, including unequal access to water supplies, lack of access to sanitation, lack of adequate facilities (particularly in schools), unequal land rights, and the inability to use water for large-scale food or livestock production. Similar to food allocation and money management, studies show that when women are in charge of water, water practices improve for all members of the family and community, and that projects designed and run with the participation of girls and women are more sustainable and effective than those that are not. This panel will explore how girls and women can tangibly improve outcomes for the health and productivity of households and ensure the long-term sustainability of water resources for entire communities. Furthermore, the session will focus on what can be scaled, and how to include girls and women in scaling efforts.
What to Scale; Where to Scale
At 2011 CGI Annual Meeting, the Girls and Women track is not focused on empowerment alone, but also on scaling what works. By what standards can we measure what works, and what are the most pressing issues where we should take efforts to scale? The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) offer a set of benchmarks by which to examine global poverty alleviation efforts. From reducing infant mortality to achieving universal primary education, girls’ and women’s empowerment is central to virtually all of the MDGs. This panel will examine where efforts around empowering girls and women are moving the needle on the MDGs, and where more work is desperately needed. Specifically, this session will highlight key current indicators, including how long girls stay in school in different parts of the world and how global development efforts have made a difference in keeping girls in school; where women are being regularly voted into political office or decision-making roles in local communities and what efforts aided that inclusion; and why the spread of HIV has dramatically decreased for females in some regions more than others. This session will provide compelling quantitative framing to girls and women’s issues and will give participants the data needed to effectively guide their efforts moving forward.
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Special Session: From Conflict to Creativity: Reducing Violence through the Arts
In countries around the world, the problem of youth violence is pervasive, cyclical and deadly. At-risk youth are often drawn into gangs or the violent drug trade, and those who are incarcerated often return to their communities with even poorer conflict resolution skills than when they left. In schools, juvenile justice systems, and religious and community institutions around the world, creative leaders have learned that targeted arts interventions can save lives and reduce violence. When incorporated into programs for incarcerated youth, arts programs also reduce violations and recidivism, and have proven themselves to be more successful and cost-effective than many traditional programs for at-risk communities. Moreover, because these interventions foster valuable noncognitive skills like creativity, leadership and teamwork that are in high demand in the workplace, participation in these arts programs also leads to better and more consistent employment. This session will convene leaders from the business, government, and arts sectors to discuss how such innovative programming can serve as an effective tool for economic empowerment and conflict resolution among at-risk youth.
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Special Session: Game-changing Innovation: Technologies for Building Social and Economic Value
The disruptive innovation that drives major technological breakthroughs is increasingly a product of engaging partners from all sectors throughout the global value chain. Companies from advanced and emerging markets alike are finding ways to design and deploy critical new life-improving technologies, while reinventing businesses and starting new ones. From portable healthcare clinics in India to smartphones that track crop prices in sub-Saharan Africa, how are groundbreaking new technologies expanding global economic opportunities and creating social value? How is the drive for game-changing innovation related to cross-sector collaboration, long-term job growth, investment in STEM education programs, and the adoption of double- and triple-bottom-line performance standards? This session will explore how global innovation opportunities can be brought to scale to build the triple bottom line and achieve new levels of prosperity in the years ahead.
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Closing Plenary with Summation
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Tastes of the World Reception
Tastes of the World is a cocktail and dinner reception featuring international cuisine from top New York City restaurants, including Devi, ABC Kitchen, Nobu 57, The Dutch, Shake Shack, Buddakan, Balthazar, Red Rooster, Los Feliz, and Frankies 570.
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Clinton Global Citizens Awards
The Clinton Global Citizen Awards recognize extraordinary individuals who have demonstrated visionary leadership in solving pressing global challenges. The evening’s program will include special appearances by individuals who, through their work, embrace the mission of an integrated, shared world.