Hillary Clinton Discusses Empowering Women at CGI

Former Secretary of State delivers remarks at her husband's organization in NYC.
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Thank you I I hope that you found this last session as fascinating and galvanizing -- I -- I was sad really. Is thrilled by the -- level. Discussion and the points that were raised. -- will close this up -- with five commitments that address some of the challenges that we have heard about today but first. I'd like to take just a few minutes to put this discussion into a broader context. Because whether we are talking about empowering and connecting. Women in economics or health care or education or politics. It all comes back to a question. Of the full. And equal participation. Of women verses their marginalization. -- nearly twenty years ago in 1995189. Countries along with civil society. Activists. Organizations. Came together. In Beijing for the fourth. World Conference on Women sponsored by the United Nations. I was proud along with my colleague. Former secretary Madeleine Albright -- here in the audience. To lead the American delegation to Beijing. While there we agreed to an ambitious platform for action that called for and I quote. The full and equal participation of women in political civil. Economic social and cultural life. Now it was -- call to action for the global community. To work for the laws and reforms and social changes necessary. To ensure that women and girls everywhere. Finally have the opportunities they deserve. To live up to their own god given potentials and contribute fully. To the progress and prosperity of their societies. It has served as a road map ever since guiding progress for women and girls. Now in many countries laws that once permitted the unequal treatment of women have been replaced by laws. That recognized at least on paper their quality. The international community has come together to sign conventions and approve resolutions. Promoting the rights and status of women and girls. Today as you've heard over the last. Sessions here at CGI more girls are in school. More women hold jobs and serve in public office around the world and as women have. -- given -- gained the chance to work learn and participate. -- economic social and political contributions have multiply. Yet we know -- week just heard examples. That for all this progress we are still a long way from the goal. Full and equal participation. You saw these stories in that video about young girls forced into early marriages. You know the statistics. Women and girls still comprise the majority of the world's unhealthy. -- said and unpaid. -- a lot marginalized in so many ways. So yes we built an international architecture of laws and norms to protect women's rights but in many cases. It remains a -- scaffold. Without the bricks and mortar needed to make those laws effective in people's lives. And turn our rhetoric into reality. 2015. Will mark twenty years since that conference in Beijing. So I believe it's time for a full and clear -- look at how far we have come. How far we still have to go and what we'd planned to do together. About the unfinished business of the 21 century the full and equal participation of women. I will be leading an effort here at the Clinton foundation including through CGI. To bring together partner organizations. International institutions governments businesses NGOs and others. To evaluate the progress we've made. In time for the twentieth anniversary in September 2015. And to work to chart the path forward to achieve that -- and equal participation. Starting close at home at the Clinton foundation and CGI we are fully committed to leading this charge. Initiatives and programs across the foundation are already working to empower women and girls. Whether it's the Clinton health access initiative focused on preventing. Mother to child transmissions of HIV. Or expanding access to family planning. Or the Clinton development initiative helping thousands of women farmers in Malawi and -- Wanda. Increased their in comes in lift up their families and communities. Or here at CGI. Where we have seen how commitments concerning women and girls have produce results. The percentage of CGI commitments that focus on girls and women continues to rise. Of the 158. New commitments in 2013. 97 have substantive girls' and women's components. And that brings me to our commitments for action today. I will have of course more to say about our Beijing plus twenty work. End the weeks ahead. But you will see. Visualize. Right here on stage as we announce these commitments three new commitments. And two terrific progress reports. -- as examples of how we can use new tools and partners to move toward our goal. Now. The first commitment. Advancing women owned businesses in new markets. I'd like to call up Elizabeth -- from -- connect international. Who will then introduce her partners and the -- -- are a broad cross section as you'll soon hear so Elizabeth please. Think you Secretary Clinton and thank you CGI for this very important opportunity. To feature nine of our 24 -- -- partners including. Police now -- with the vital voices global partnership. -- Perez from the Coca-Cola company. Dina Habib Powell from Goldman Sachs 101000 women. Arnie -- and sends from Marriott International. Donna -- from a party global -- Andrea Thomas from Wal-Mart -- major from -- and know what GM Alley from ExxonMobil. It is great. Now. In -- back in Beijing we recognize the untapped. Economic potential of women as drivers of growth. And since 1995. Study after study has documented that -- women have the opportunity to start businesses. Own land -- We talked about that yesterday morning at the first plenary getting land title to the women. Who actually work the land. Received credit. Entire economies expand. And what you see before you as representative of this very exciting commitment. Our companies and NGOs that fully embrace the potential. For example in Latin America and the Caribbean we've seen increasing women's participation in the labor market. They now account for more than half of all workers. The World Bank estimates that extreme poverty in Latin America has decreased by 30%. As a result. Yet we know that even after eighteen years from Beijing there -- still a lot of significant barriers. What this. Is this commitment is really aimed that. Is how we change. Breakdown the barriers. Change laws if necessary. Regulations -- required but generally getting into the game with more women participating. This commitment. Is to mobilize. At least one and a half billion dollars over the next five years. To spend on women owned businesses based outside the United States. To help create a sustainable. Pipeline of women suppliers. Around the world. They will also provide 151000. Women on to -- yours. With supplier readiness initiatives including training and mentor ship opportunities. So they can have the skills and tools and relationships necessary. To achieve greater access to markets and capital. Each of the partners and you heard Elizabeth say their 24 partners will focus on a specific area of need and leverage each other's contributions. This is such a perfect example. CGI -- working at I want you to join with me in thanking this group for this very exciting commitment. Leveraging. Social capital and real capital it's a great combination. Our second commitment. Is focusing on barriers. In access to technology and I would like to invite to the stage. Trish Tierney of the Institute of International Education. Catherine Couric's. CytRx. Peggy Johnson of Qualcomm. Jacqueline Fuller of -- -- And Lorraine he MacKenzie. Now we know that technology is a huge driver. Of economic change and increase in social capital. And here's a surprising facts. Twenty years ago more than. 25%. Of all computers science degrees earned in the United States. Went to women. Now over time this number has actually gone down not up. Today women account for less than 20%. Of these degrees. That is. Still far more are then many places around the world. -- It's not enough. And the trend is going opposite of full and equal participation. That was sat. As a goal in Beijing. So here's what this commitment is all about. These partners will provide a ten million dollar investment for programs in India Africa and the United States. To encourage parents and schools to teach technology subjects to girls. And to provide mentoring engineering scholarships. Small grants and professional development opportunities for women. Ultimately aimed at creating an employee pipeline of 2000. Girls and women for the technology sector. With plans to exit and two other countries over the next three years this commitment aims to create an ongoing cycle of women supporting other women in the tech sector. Contributing to economic growth social advancement and technological innovation. Another very exciting commitment let's please express our appreciation. The third commitment. Is Intel. Connecting women to bridge Africa's gender gap. Please welcome. -- askew of Intel corporation. Again I reflect back twenty years. Back in Beijing. We didn't really imagine the mobile technology and the other. Incredible advances that have transformed our world. But even then we saw -- beginnings of what is called the digital divide and that has only grown. Today 200 million fewer women than men are online in the developing world. In sub saharan Africa where just 12%. Of the population is online men are nearly twice as likely as women to have access to the Internet. Bridging this divide would open up vast new opportunities for economic and political participation. That's why -- Is committing to work with care. World vision. World plus. Change court ink. And tell -- center dot org in six sub saharan African countries. To bring five million young women online over the next three years. They will integrate digital literacy training into existing gender and development programming. And create an educational online gaming platforms so that this learning can take place anywhere. This initiative will also provide women tailored contents and -- peer network that will enable women. To seek out the information that is relevant to them. As well as find support and -- ship. So when we think about. What the world's gonna look like -- the coming twenty years. We have to do more to make sure that women as well as men girls as well as boys. Are empowered to use new technology. To further their own aspirations and so -- thank you and thanks to into. Now let me give you. Two. Updates. Progress reports. Previous commitments mean one of the things that. CGI. Does between the annual meetings. Is to take the commitments work with the commitment givers. Try to help solve problems remove obstacles. Find new partners if needed. But also hold ourselves accountable so that it's not just the photo op but it's the actual outcomes that are hoped for and achieved. And so we have two progress reports I'd like to invite. Up on stage. Emily Jacoby of digital democracy. And Jeremy Dell bought that -- Bob the odd to join me. Because they represent one of the key provisions. Of the Beijing platform. Call to action. And that was to end violence against women and girls. Now we have made. Progress in many places against what our human rights violations yet nearly twenty years later. Gender based violence remains a reality and one of the panels yesterday we heard. -- probably 13 of all women in the world at some point in their lives experience. Violence. -- even worse. The World Bank estimates that 70% of Haitian women have been affected by some form of violence. Much of -- domestic violence. -- -- They committed to provide partners with tools and training to increase the technical skills -- more than 120 low income Haitian girls and women. We can already see results during the past three years digital democracy has met the goals it set. It has worked closely with grassroots. Partners like 05 -- -- design and launch -- 24 hour emergency response hotline. Connecting survivors of gender based violence to medical legal. And psychosocial support. This hotline has received more than 8000. Calls since its launch. And connected more than 300 survivors to help. They've also created a free anonymous digital platform for women to tell their stories as well as a comprehensive system to track analyze map and share. Gender based violence related data with local national and international partners. The system currently has more than 1100. Documented incidents of gender based violence. This is the kind. Success story. That we love to highlight here at CGI because they said there -- do something. They got to work and they're really producing results so let's give them sprouted up -- -- -- We are turning to the issue of land rights for women and girls -- this is one of these issues that. Has been a look a little below. The radar. But again as we heard from Mo Ibrahim and others is so important and I want to. Welcome to the stage Tim -- -- of -- us up. Because what he is doing along with his partners is really making a difference. Women produce nearly half of the food grown of the developing world but they rarely own the land they farm in -- often denied equal rights to access. Inherit or own it even when laws are changed because I personally worked on getting some laws changed in sub saharan Africa back in the ninety's. Laws -- changed but. Behavior doesn't changed. Add access to courts doesn't get any easier. So yes the laws on the books and people to say with a straight face all we eliminated those problems but. The story on the ground is much different. So in 2010. -- and its partners committed to creating opportunities for poor -- rural girls and women in sub saharan Africa and Asia. By strengthening their rights to land. It India over the past three years -- -- initiative to improve -- economic and social empowerment. Has established 299. Girl groups with more than 7000 girls this year they will expand to reach 35000 more. In northern Uganda they pilot piloted the use of a participatory model in which girls and women determined goals for land rights and then. Develop their own plan to achieve them and they're now scaling this -- pro shop in enough other communities in the region. This is a a very. Key issue as we look toward Beijing plus -- money and then beyond. As to how we you know truly nail down land rights out once and for all. And I look forward to working with you and your partners and raising the visibility of this issue and holding government's account. To account and making sure that we actually get the results that your seeking so please acknowledged that progress that has been. So that gives you. A small taste. What we already are doing. And linking it with what we intend to do. Probably. The most common. Concerned that CGI has heard over the last several years is -- -- do more on girls and women and the girls and women track has certainly expanded. But given the incredible convening power this TGI represents given the extraordinary experience and expertise. That our partners and our commitment makers. Have. We really want to. Use your. Help in making sure that we do a very thorough analysis of what we've achieved over the last twenty years. As clear ride as we possibly can be. I'll and then to help prioritize. What the big issues are going forward. And one of the key elements of this will be to hear the voices. Of people themselves women and men alike. To hear what is actually happening in their communities in their families in their societies and nations so that we -- and paint the picture. About how far we've come and take credit for the progress that tens of millions of people have made since 1995. But then to work to -- to solve the remaining. Problems and obstacles to women's full and equal participation. We really are in what I call the age of -- a patient everybody gets to participate everybody has. You know the option or at some point will achieve. Having. Technology particularly mobile technology that makes them a participant. In all kinds of activities. That they are observing or being involved in. So it is an age of participation and our goal is to make sure that everyone has a full and equal chance to be a participant. In all that we can accomplish together in the years to come so thank you all very much for being part of that.

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