Earlier this year Skype was proud to be part of the release of No Ceilings: The Full Participation Report, a pioneering analysis of more than 20 years’ worth of data on the status of women and girls worldwide.
Led by the Clinton Foundation and the Gates Foundation, a live event took place at the Best Buy Theater, New York, in March. Presented by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton, Melinda Gates and Chelsea Clinton, the trio were joined on stage by a number of guest speakers and inspirational storytellers, including 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, via Skype. The significance of the day was reflected by a suitably lofty audience, with the presidents of Croatia and Liberia in attendance.
The event highlighted a number of case studies, with particular strides in education and health for females. As one guest speaker Shabana Basij-Rasikh, a 25 year old humanitarian and Co-founder and President of School of Leadership in Afghanistan, noted: “14 years ago, when the Taliban were overthrown just 700 girls attended school in Afghanistan, now there are more than 4 million.” Yet the overriding message of the day was clear: progress has been made, but not enough.
“It was thrilling to bring so many inspiring women leaders and advocates together in one place to share their incredible stories of struggle, triumph, and determination,” said Terri McCullough, director of No Ceilings. “We’re thrilled to have worked with partners like Skype to make the event such a success.”
Looking at the data I’m surprised to find out that the US is one of nine countries that doesn’t provide paid maternity leave, and, looking at a study taken from 2010, disappointed to see a lack of female business leaders across the many supposedly developed countries surveyed. No Ceilings have done a commendable job at capturing and visualizing the data in an accessible manner. Take a look for yourselfhere and watch the full event at clintonfoundation.org. You can keep up to date with No Ceilings and join in with the conversation on social media using the #NoCeilings hashtag.
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