(Part 1) International Women’s Day Forum: "The Empowerment Bridge: Building a Lifetime of Opportunity for Women and Girls"
Organized by the United Nations Office for Partnerships and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Center. This year’s Forum, The Empowerment Bridge: Building a Lifetime of Opportunity for Women and Girls, will focus on the tools and tactics that help bridge the opportunity gap for women and girls around the world.
Expert-led discussions will delve into the critical underpinnings of economic empowerment, such as technology, STEM education, health care, and job and business skills training; they will also look at creating an ecosystem that supports women entrepreneurs, from encouraging girls to pursue their business dreams to ensuring that women-owned businesses can succeed and scale. Plenaries and breakout sessions will also explore the research and data that support expanding the roles that women and girls play in the global economy, effective frameworks for cross-sector partnerships with measureable results, the impact of storytelling on putting vital stepping stones into place, and specific interventions for women in various roles within the global value chain. Each of these discussions will touch on the often-catalytic role of the private sector, including in addressing the emerging Sustainable Development Goals.