This year marks the eighth Clinton Global Initiative* (CGI) Annual Meeting, where movers and shakers from around the world come together in New York to make commitments and address some of the greatest enduring challenges.
Among its many successes, CGI has helped elevate girls and women to the world stage through featured programming for several years. Never before with such consistency and depth has such a major global platform put the spotlight on the needs and opportunities facing girls and women today. Leaders from Michelle Bachelet to Queen Rania have come together at CGI to raise awareness, launch new programs and celebrate successes.
Yet CGI took their own game to the next level this year by infusing a women and girls’ lens through the programming. To me, this marks a turning point in how we address this subject matter. There is value in hosting focused discussions on investing in women and girls, but you tend to attract the usual suspects – and mostly women. But by making women and girls a core part of every global development conversation, you have an opportunity to reach new people and compel people to start thinking and acting differently.
Over the next decade, the impact of women on the economy is expected to be at least as significant as that of China’s and India’s respective 1-billion-plus populations. This is just one reason why these are not “women’s issues,” but should be everyone’s priorities.
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*APCO joined CGI in 2008. As part of our CGI Commitment to Action, APCO provides communication counsel, training and media relations support for CGI annual meetings.