The William J. Clinton Foundation has announced that the fifth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, September 22-25 in New York City, will offer special programming focused investing in girls and women. The foundation also announced that it has created two action networks — Empowering Women and Investing in Girls — that will meet during the conference to discuss best practices, identify service gaps, and catalyze new collaborations and partnerships.
On Tuesday, a dinner will be held to celebrate individuals and organizations committed to addressing the challenges faced by girls and women around the globe. The event will highlight the work of ExxonMobil's Educating Women and Girls Initiative, which works to reduce barriers to women's economic participation; the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative, which is investing $100 million over five years to provide business and management education to underserved women; and efforts by CARE, Camfed International, and Vital Voices.
On Wednesday, CGI will host a plenary session focused on social, political, and economic changes that can be made to reverse the marginalization of women. Moderated by Diane Sawyer, the session will feature leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors who are actively engaged in gender equality efforts, including Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs; Rex Tillerson, chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil; Women for Women International founder and CEO Zainab Salbi; and U.S. Department of State ambassador-at-large for global women's issues Melanne Verveer.
The programming announcement comes several months after President Obama announced the establishment of the White House Council on Women and Girls, which will work to ensure that agencies across the federal government take women's issues into account.
"Gender inequality is one of the most pressing issues that we face as a global community," said former President Bill Clinton. "I am proud that these issues are a central focus of the Clinton Global Initiative's fifth annual meeting, and I am confident that, by sharing innovative ideas, we can devise solutions that will dramatically improve the lives of girls and women throughout the world."