By staff contributor Cait O’Donnell
The Women in the World Summit 2013, hosted by Tina Brown, editor of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, took place on April 4-5 at Lincoln Center’s David H. Koch Theater. The summit featured a multitude of speakers and performers including Dr. Hawa Abdi, Melanne Verveer, Meryl Streep, and Hillary Clinton. In her address, Clinton asserted that the rights of women represent “the unfinished business of the 21st century” in the United States and globally. Panel topics ranged from eyewitness accounts of violence in Syria to success stories of Latinas in America to building women leaders.
One major thread was a call for girls’ education including for more schools for girls; for better educational programs, especially in STEM fields; and for engaging with men to change negative perspectives about the need for girls’ education.
A session of the summit called “The Next Generation of Malalas” featured Khalida Brohi, Humairi Bachal, and Sharmeen OBaid Chinoy. Khalida Brohi, 24-year-old founder and director of the Sughar Women Program, works to end tribal violence against women in Pakistan. Humaira Bachal, founder and president of the Dream Foundation Trust, fights for the rights for girls’ education through the Dream Model Street School, which educates over 700 students. Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is an Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on human rights and women’s issues. Her recent films include: Saving Face, Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret, and Pakistan’s Taliban Generation. Brohi, Bachal, and Obaid Chinoy spoke of their work to bring basic educational rights to girls in communities which believe that outside influences will make their daughters sexually promiscuous and morally corrupt. (more…)