The Collaborative for Harnessing Ambition and Resources for Girls’ Education (Girls CHARGE) was announced by Secretary Clinton and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in September 2014. Girls CHARGE is co-chaired by No Ceilings and the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution, and was launched as a $600mm commitment with over 30 multisector partners dedicated to advance girls’ secondary education and reach 14 million girls over five years. Today, Girls CHARGE has grown to 60 cross-sector partners – including governments, private sector companies, UN organizations, and grassroots NGOs – who together have committed $800 million to reach 15 million girls by 2019. No Ceilings continues to provide Secretariat and programmatic support for Girls CHARGE, and held its latest convening in September with Brookings and the Population Council, titled “Research Gaps and Opportunities in Girls’ Life Skills Education: An Expert Consultation.”
Closing the gender gap in financial inclusion
No Ceilings worked closely with CGI throughout 2015 and 2016 to provide programming to close the financial inclusion gender gap. For example, in January 2016, No Ceilings and CGI convened over 40 CGI members on a teleconference, Next Steps in Closing the Financial Inclusion Gender Gap. The call allowed participants to: 1) share their work and priorities in addressing women’s financial inclusion, and 2) to highlight opportunities for collaboration through Commitments to Action. Members aim to collectively concentrate efforts on reaching the poorest of the poor as well as women-owned and led SMEs.
In June 2016, No Ceilings and CGI co-hosted a webinar, titled “Increasing Women’s Usage of Digital Financial Services,” to continue an ongoing conversation among CGI members working to address the financial inclusion gender gap. The discussion focused on effective solutions to reach the unbanked through digital, low-cost channels, and included a focus on where women drop off during the mobile financial services customer journey – with research presented by the Gates Foundation. Nearly 30 participants discussed related research, shared best practices, and considered ideas for multi-sectoral Commitments to Action.
"Girls, Women, and the Global Goals" SDG Commitment
At the 2016 CGI Annual Meeting, No Ceilings and partners Vital Voices and WEConnect International launched Girls, Women and the Global Goals, a collaboration of 30 partners from the private sector, NGOs, and multilaterals committed to close key gender gaps. Chelsea Clinton announced the coalition including 24 specific Commitments to Action around three pillars to: 1) promote women’s economic participation; 2) address violence against girls and women; and 3) advance women’s leadership in both the public and private sectors – responding to gender gaps identified in the No Ceilings’ Full Participation Report, and aligned with the gender targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Coalition partners collectively pledged over $70 million through these commitments. This work will directly impact nearly 900,000 individuals in over 60 countries across six continents, including here in the United States. Partners will accomplish this work through programmatic interventions, support to grassroots organizations, advocacy for policy change, and by contributing to the evidence base through robust research. Coalition partners include: Airbnb, American Jewish World Service, Avon, CARE, Catalyst, Cherie Blair Foundation, Dermalogica, EY, East-West Center, Foundation Center, Freeport-McMoRan, Global Fund for Women, IBM, International Center for Research on Women, Ingersoll Rand, McLarty Global Fellows, NEST, No Ceilings an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, Procter & Gamble, Pfizer, Sodexo, Together for Girls, UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, Unilever, Upaya Social Ventures, Vital Voices Global Partnership, WAKE International, Walmart, WEConnect International, Women Deliver, Women for Women International, and Women’s Funding Network.