The Power of Us
About the Event
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Community, connection, and collaboration are integral to achieving our shared vision of a more equitable world. Guided by our mission and work to accelerate progress toward gender equality, this year’s Virtual Summit welcomed leaders under a free and virtual tent. We convened heard from the voices of experts and changemakers who reimagined with us a future that is more equitable, re-examined the role of philanthropy to support systems change, and co-created dynamic and creative solutions for collective impact. We encourage you to watch any and all of these sessions on the agenda tab!
Women Moving Millions is increasingly at the center of knowledge, connections, and activations within women’s philanthropy. We know that our partners are as committed as we are to advancing women and girls to achieve a gender equal world. Our partnership opportunities are designed to deepen the connection between the business and philanthropic sectors. Our goal is to create a transformational experience for our partners. We know that by working together, we can have a great impact.
We are deeply grateful to this year’s Summit sponsors: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation & PJT Partners!
Virtual Summit 2020
Welcome to the Power of Us
Mona Sinha, Board Chair of Women Moving Millions
Sarah Haacke Byrd, Executive Director of Women Moving Millions
Why Equality Can’t Wait
Gloria Steinem, Author, Activist, and Founder of Ms. Magazine
We are the Power
Shaun Robinson, Television Host, Actress, and WMM Member (Summit MC)
Real Lives, Real Lessons: The Gendered Response of Leaders to Covid
Women still make up fewer than 10% of national leaders worldwide. In the new book, Women and Leadership: Real Lives, Real Lessons, gender bias is explored through conversations with the world’s most interesting leaders. The co-authors Julia Gillard, former Prime Minister of Australia, and Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Special Envoy to Mobilise International Economic Support for Continental Fight Against COVID-19 and Former Finance Minister of Nigeria, address the unequal access to power and their views on leadership in response to the global pandemic in a discussion moderated by Osasu Igbinedion, Host of the Osasu Show and CEO of TOS TV NETWORK. Watch the full session here.
Inequality In The Time of Covid: Perspectives on Gender and Racial Justice
Seven years after its debut as a powerful statement of a problem and solution, “Black Lives Matter” is now a global cross-sectoral movement. WMM welcomes Alicia Garza, Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter to speak with Carol Jenkins, CEO and Co-President of ERA Coalition and The Fund for Women’s Equality, to share how she continues to mobilize women in the midst of a pandemic and protests against racial injustice and violence. Watch the full session here.
Break: Poll & Yoga with Zaz
The Power of Movements to Catalyze Change
She has been an important voice in the women’s movements for decades, led numerous protests for gender and racial equality, and written on a more feminist future. Gloria Steinem, Author, Activist, and Founder of Ms. Magazine, shares her reflections on youth organizing and movements building in 2020 and beyond. Watch the full session here.
Making Democracy Inclusive: Young Women’s Roles in Building for the Future
There are nearly 11 million Latinos in Texas. Jolt is building a movement of young Latinos across Texas focused on building the collective voice, power, and influence of the community to determine what happens on school boards, at the Governor’s mansion and in Congress. Hear from Cristina Tzintzun-Ramirez, Founder of Jolt, in conversation with young Latina leaders, Esther Ramos and Maggie Juarez, on their activism for voting and civil rights in Texas, as well as where they find hope and power in a year marked by social unrest. Watch the full session here.
Challenging Power & Privilege: Why this Moment Feels Different for Girls and Young Leaders
“Girls’ rights are human rights” and “the future is female” are well-known slogans, yet young leaders are still undervalued, overlooked, and underestimated. Meet Purity Kagwiria, Director of With and For Girls, and Majandra Rodriguez Acha, Co-Director of FRIDA Feminist Fund, in a dialogue moderated by Jamia Wilson, Executive Director of the Feminist Press at CUNY, on the current state of funding for girls and young feminist movements and how new models in philanthropic funds are transforming power to build a more equitable
future. Watch the full session here.
Climate Change: The Sisterhood Agenda
Women and girls lead the climate change movement, yet are often missing from the decision making rooms. The new book, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, highlights insights from a diverse group of women from around the globe, including scientists, farmers, teachers, and activists across generations and race. Curated by two climate leaders, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Founder and CEO of Ocean Collectiv, and Dr. Katharine Wilkinson, Author and Vice President of Project Drawdown, this collection of essays offer solutions on our current climate crisis. These experts will share ideas from this book on how now, more than ever, climate justice intersects with gender and racial justice. Watch the full session here.
Break: Yoga with Zaz
Our Stories: In Vivid Color
What would it mean, and look like, if we centered girls and gender non-conforming youth of color, and supported them as storytellers who are architects of their own lives? A creation of the human rights organization Breakthrough, Our Stories: In Vivid Color is a multimedia initiative that includes a documentary film, creative incubator and user-generated story archive for girls, and gender non conforming youth of color at the intersection of racial justice, immigration rights, and gender equity.
Voices from the Field: Cultural Change in Kenya on Health and Gender-Based Violence
Gender-based violence is a daily reality for women and girls across Kenya. According to Human Rights Watch, government data (2014) reveals that 45% of women and girls aged 15-49 have experienced physical violence and 14% have experienced sexual violence. Many cases are not reported and few women get justice or receive medical care. Adelle Onyango, Podcaster and Founder of the Adelle Onyango Initiative, and Nice Nailantei Leng’ete, End FGM/c Advocate, Amref Health Africa, work on prevention and intervention programs using economic empowerment and storytelling to counter harmful practices like female genital cutting, early child marriage, and to address sexual and reproductive health. In a conversation moderated by Janet Mbuga, Founder, Inua Dada Foundation, and Author, these activists will offer insights into a growing movement and offer first-hand accounts of working during a pandemic. Watch the full session here.
Radical Generosity: Transforming the Investment Model to Support Women-led Ventures
Vicki Saunders, Founder of SheEO, is an entrepreneur who has created a truly positive transformation in her network that supports, finances and celebrates female entrepreneurship. Launched in 2015 in Canada, SheEO is a visionary model that is emerging as a leading global innovation that is totally unique. Rather than trying to fit women into the existing models and systems and level the playing field, they are creating an entirely new field. In an interview with Komal Minhas, Resilience Educator and Entrepreneur, learn how women’s radical generosity is changing the world, and how you can get involved to invest and collaborate with a more diverse group of women. Watch the full session here.
Going Big: Investing for Scale
How can we unlock substantial philanthropic capital and invest it in visionary social sector leaders so they can look to the long term and meet the scale of the problem they seek to address and amplify their impact with adequate resources? Learn from Nancy Roob, CEO of Blue Meridian Partners, in conversation with moderator Stacy Schusterman, Chair of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, on new innovative collaborative funding partnerships and how pooled philanthropic capital can help to advance and accelerate gender equality. Watch the full session here.
Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights for an Equal Future
The Generation Equality Forum is a civil society-centered, global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of France and Mexico. The Action Coalitions are one of the key outcomes of the Generation Equality Forum that will kick off in Mexico City, Mexico, and culminate in Paris, France, in the first half of 2021. The Generation Equality Forum, accelerated by the Action Coalitions, will mobilize urgent action to make irreversible progress towards gender equality and women’s and girls’ human rights globally. WMM is honored to welcome Ambassador Delphine O, France, and Dr. Nadine Gasman, Mexico, with moderator Sarah Hendriks, Director of Programme and Policy Intergovernmental Division at UN Women to discuss the work they are leading at the Generation Equality Forum. Watch the full session here.
Women on the Frontlines: Essential Workers in Crisis
The Covid-19 pandemic has strained an already fragile care economy. Unpaid and poorly paid care and domestic workers are often immigrant and migrant women. They are also the first responders in this crisis. Tina Tchen, President and CEO TIME’S UP Now and TIME’S UP Foundation, moderates a critical conversation with activists Ai-jen Poo, Director of National Domestic Worker’s Alliance, and Mónica Ramírez, Founder and President of Justice for Migrant Women, on how Covid-19 has changed campaigning in the United States and their strategies for organizing and advocacy with essential workers. Watch the full session here.
Changing the Narrative: The Power of Representation in Film
Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen is a Netflix Original Documentary film directed by Sam Feder and offers an in-depth look at Hollywood’s depiction of transgender people and the impact of their stories on transgender lives. In this moment of anti-Black racism and transphobia, Darnell Moore, Director of Inclusion Strategy for Content and Marketing at Netflix, speaks with Laverne Cox, Actress and Executive Producer of Disclosure, on how Hollywood is addressing uncomfortable issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. Watch the full session here.