Business & Nonprofit Leaders Highlight Investment in Women

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Public-private partnerships don’t fall from the sky – they are hard work, says Hans d’Orville, assistant director-general for strategic planning at UNESCO.

But the starting point is always a clear discussion.

On Tuesday (March 8), D’Orville joined representatives from non-governmental organizations, private foundations and United Nations agencies in tackling the issue of working together to empower women and girls in schools and workplaces alike. The United Nations Office for Partnerships and U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center co-sponsored the daylong panel titled “Investing in Women and Entrepreneurship: Solutions to Addressing MDG3,” held at the U.N. headquarters in New York.

In his opening remarks at the session, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said he could not think of a better way to commemorate International Women’s Day, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

“In too many countries and too many societies women remain second-class citizens,” Ban said. “We are working … to change mindsets.”

Source: Devex News (link opens in a new window)