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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About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
About The Economist Intelligence Unit
The Economist Intelligence Unit is the research arm of The Economist Group, publisher of The Economist. As the world’s leading provider of country intelligence, we help governments, institutions and businesses by providing timely, reliable and impartial analysis of economic and development strategies. Through our public policy practice, we provide evidence-based research for policymakers and stakeholders seeking measureable outcomes, in fields ranging from gender and finance to energy and technology. We conduct our research through interviews, regulatory analysis, quantitative modelling and forecasting, and we display the results via interactive data visualisation tools. Through a global network of more than 350 analysts and contributors, we continuously assess and forecast political, economic and business conditions in more than 200 countries. For more information, visit www.eiu.com
About UCLA WORLD Policy Analysis Center
The WORLD Policy Analysis Center at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health is the first and largest data center providing quantitatively analyzable data on policies and laws in 197 countries and Beijing Platform signatories in a range of critical areas, including education, health, environment, poverty, families, adult labor, marriage, childhood, child labor, equal rights and discrimination, aging, disability and gender.
About Fathom Information Design
Fathom Information Design partners with clients to understand, express, and navigate complex data through visualizations, interactive tools, and software. Fathom founder Ben Fry received his doctoral degree from the Aesthetics + Computation Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, where his research focused on combining fields such as computer science, statistics, graphic design, and data visualization as a means for understanding information. Fry founded Fathom in 2010 and in 2011 he won the National Design Award for Interaction Design. Based in Boston, Fathom’s recent projects include OpenIndia with the World Bank Group, Connected China with Reuters, and What the World Eats with National Geographic. www.fathom.info