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Session 3 – Half the Sky: Leadership in the Face of Oppression
Best-Selling Author; Pulitzer Prize Winner; Business Executive
- The issue of the century is gender equity.
- The real issue in certain cultures is not what type of family you were born into, but what your chromosomes look like.
- In the U.S., women live longer than men. In the rest of the world,
- 50 million women missing in the current world population. (50 million!)
- One of the most effective ways of increasing vitality of women across the world is through education and jobs.
- Women and girls across the world are actually part of the solution, not the problem.
- Sec trafficking is the top issue was face as human beings.
- 9-11 year olds are kidnapped and put into a brothel, working seven days a week with no pay. Often, she is not fed enough because her captors don’t want her to get fat.
- Sex slaves are $150-200 per person. (They even give receipts)
- This problem isn’t just overseas, it’s happening now in the States. All major cities have trafficking problems.
- What are some solutions to these problems? Microfinancing for one. Empowering women to earn income for themselves.
- Our foreign aid budget is less than 1% of the national budget.
- Water missions tend to be ineffective because wells break down and no one knows how to fix them.
- It takes a movement to make change. Each person giving a little part to help change the world.
- One of the ways to be happy, to be truly happy, is to contribute to a cause that is greater than yourself. And, through Harvard-based research, we can see that happy people live longer.
- You and I have won the lottery of life. The question is, how are we going to discharge that fortune in life.
- (This whole talk reminded me of “The Gods Must Be Crazy.” Great flick.)